My child was recently arrested with their friend who is also 16. My child stole a $5 item and the friend stole a $10 item. They were stopped by the owner when they attempted to leave the store and the owner took the friend's license and went into their back office. From there the police were called, both were arrested (but later released without leaving the property) and the owner pressed charges. They currently cannot return to the property of the store for one year.
If this is the only thing that your child has done, then juvenile diversion might be possible. For something like this, that would probably mean community service and staying out of trouble. If your child has done other things, then they will factor into the result.
If your child has no other criminal history, the prosecutor is likely to send the case to Diversion. You will be contacted by the court and told where and when to report for that. The advantage of Diversion is that the criminal history is later expunged from your child's record. If they do not send the case to Diversion, you will get a notice in the mail of a court date, along with information about obtaining a public defender. If this happens, and you can afford to do so, you should hire a criminal defense attorney. If you cannot afford it, your child should take the services of the public defender.
Regarding being banned from store property for a year, this is a perfectly legal practice. It is important that your child not enter the property during this period, because s/he can be arrested and prosecuted for trespassing.
Good luck to you.
The charge would likely be a misdemeanor theft in Juvenile Court. An attorney would likely pursue a diversion on your child's behalf. Through Diversion the case could ultimately be dismissed if your child complies with agreed upon conditions for a particular period of time.
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