can a 12 years old ( he was with older family members not knowing they was stealing ) be arrest for shoplifting in 2012 , he was pushing his 1 years old niece in a baby scroller ( the other had hide things on the scroller ) , when they was leaving the store ( wal mart ), they was stop ( about 3 of the other ran ) and him and the older person , 17 years old niece was took to the police station , they was held there until his sister came . The next 12 months letters came , saying pay $ 300 ( didnot pay ) . In jan. of this year , my son ( now 17 years old ) got a speeding ticket on the expressway , he said the police asked him what was he arrested for before . We have no ideal this was on his record .
Was he summoned to juvenile court? The demand letter is private activity and is not a "charge" Police ask stuff like that all the time.
I don't practice in your state and I am mainly responding to correct the practice area (it was listed in sex crimes) so you get more responses. Nevertheless, a 12 year old can be charged with a retail theft offense. You can check with the local court where the store was located to learn if any charges were filed against your son. If they were, you may want to hire a lawyer to clear this situation up. Good luck.
They can either a) put him through juvenile or b) issue an ordinance violation ticket for shoplifting. If they didn't put him through the juvenile system (and I suspect they didn't, you'd remember if they had), they may have given him a citation and perhaps you misplaced it or forgot about it during the chaos of the event. Then, if your child didn't go to court for it, it's possible an ordinance violation conviction was entered on his record when he failed to appear.
Officers have access to a database called LEADS that informs them of an individual's criminal history. This database shows, among other things, a column of crimes for which they were arrested and a column of crimes for which they were convicted. My guess is, whether or not your child was charged or ticketed with anything for the theft, the officer ran LEADS on your son (which is typical on every traffic stop) and saw the old arrest. You should certainly look into the fine that you did not pay because it will likely go to collections with a lot of interest tacked on sooner or later.
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