Michael D. Fluke, P.A. | Michael D. Fluke
Having paid the store does not eliminate the criminal act. Being a first time offender, there likely will be diversion programs available to your son that may include provisions for a term of supervision, court costs, maybe community service hours, a letter of apology or a shoplifter's awareness program. I suggest you consult with a local Criminal Defense attorney to discuss the case in greater detail and learn all of your son's rights and options. Good luck.
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