What are the legal consequences of minor accomplice to petty theft? 9 Answers as of June 26, 2013

What are the legal consequences for a minor who helped a friend steal a piece of clothing for approx. $25.00 from a department store?

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Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
If this is the minors first offence then he or she would get probation and the record would be sealed upon turning 18
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/19/2011
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The same as being the thief.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/26/2013
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
At least the same criminal charges as the others involved. Prosecutors charge an individual shoplifter with a misdemeanor. They frequently charge all involved with a felony burglary when two or more participate in the crime. What can you do? Hire an attorney, unless you know how to effectively represent yourself in court against a professional prosecutor intending to convict. A little free advice: If it isnt already not too late, exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to anyone except an attorney about the case. That includes on this or any other web site or public forum. It also includes any communication or dealings with the store agents. Most police and prosecutors will happily tell you that 95% of people convict themselves by trying to be 'helpful and cooperative', either during initial contact, questioning, interview or interrogation. If serious about hiring counsel to help in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me. If you havent yet been arrested, your attorney may be able to negotiate a civil compromise agreement with the store that will avoid you being prosecuted. i
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/17/2011
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Whoever this person is, he/she is one lucky kid. If he/she is under 18, the record will be sealed upon the person becoming an adult.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/16/2011
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
If the minor does not have a record most juvenile courts will offer a deferred entry of judgment program whereby the minor has to do community service, attend school regularly, be placed on curfew and other requirements outlined by probation. Upon completion of one year without violating any terms of probation the minor's case will be dismissed and the arrest record will be sealed.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/16/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    You can be prosecuted for petty theft in the juvenile court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/16/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    If he was arrested he most likely will be prosecuted in Juvi Court. If it is his first offense he will either be put in your care or get probation but no time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/16/2011
    California Criminal Defense Center
    California Criminal Defense Center | Ardalon Fakhimi
    Anyone who assists in the commission of a crime will typically be charged with the same violation as the principal offender under a conspiracy or aiding & abetting theory. The charges in this particular scenario will likely be petty theft AND 2nd degree (commercial) burglary.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/16/2011
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin | Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    If the minor was caught and given a ticket, he and his parents will likely be contacted by Juvenile Probation. If the minor has nothing else on his record, and depending on his age, he will likely be placed on informal probationmeaning possibly some community service, and possibly a probation officer checking in to make sure he is attending school properly and commits no other crimes. After the period of informal probation, the case never goes to court unless the minor violates the probation by committing a new juvenile crime.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/16/2011
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