My son was caught shoplifiting with his friend. they went to three stores and took things from all of them, but all of the merchandise was given to the police. My son had shoplifted once at the store before, and was caught because of it. He has had no other offence with the police before this. he was not arrested, and was just sent home. what kind of consequences are we looking at here? the total amount was less than 500$.
The store may have a record of the previous incident and inform the District Attorney's office. Just because he was not arrested at the time he may still be able to be arrested for the first incident. When it is not an isolated incident but a repeat offense the consequences are often more significant. Consult an experienced attorney in OH.
Your son if a minor could end up spending time in Juvenile detention. If charges were filed or are going to be filed you will most likely get a notice in the mail from the juvenile court in a few weeks. Sometimes this takes a little longer depending on the court and when the charges are filed by the charging agency. Once you receive this paper I would suggest strongly retaining a good defense attorney in your area with experience in juvenile cases who can start working on this case. There is always the possibility that charges will not be filed but I wouldn't bank on that at this time. It is important to inform your son not to discuss the case with anyone other than his attorney. That includes friends and social media and he should avoid the area around the stores. As damage control in the meantime I would suggest getting your son a mental health assessment and involved in a stop shoplifting program. That could help keep him from more significant trouble in this case and any future issues. Good luck.
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Juvenile court judges have big time discretion in sentencing. It is impossible to say what he will get without knowing the identity of the judge and all of the pertinent facts. That said, juvenile detention is possible. Probation is more likely.
Get your son enrolled in a theft deterrent class asap. Proactive steps to address the problem are looked upon favorably by judges.
You will probably be getting paperwork from the juvenile court in the next few weeks. It would be best for him to have an attorney and he should keep his mouth shut.
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