It's not unusual for a young child to shoplift. Usually, the incident is resolved by the parent leading the child back to the store to return the item and apologize. Unfortunately, major department stores such as Macy's, Kohl's, Target, Claire's, Walmart and Sears are not as forgiving as they were in the past.
Shoplifting Charges in Florida
In Florida, the seriousness of a shoplifting charge depends upon the amount taken. Theft of $300 in merchandise or less is a misdemeanor. Theft of $300 in merchandise or more is a felony.
When a juvenile is accused of shoplifting, the case is usually handled in juvenile court rather than adult criminal court. Juvenile punishments typically include fines, restitution, special classes and community service. The most serious consequence can be a juvenile record and potential loss of college scholarships.
Sealing Shoplifting Records for Minors
Juvenile records are not as sealed as many would believe. While private businesses cannot access juvenile records, those records can be accessed by the military and the government. If your child is arrested in the future, those juvenile records would be accessible to prosecutors and could lead to your child facing more serious consequences as an adult. Also certain professions such as teachers, lawyers and health care professionals may have access to such records as well.
Contact a Juvenile Defense Attorney
We are seeing more stores pressing charges against juvenile and adult shoplifters. At The Umansky Law Firm, our Orlando juvenile defense attorneys are here to protect your child from consequences that could harm him or her in the future. We have more than 60 years of combined experience that we use when handling these and other juvenile cases.
Is your child facing shoplifting charges? Let us protect your child's future. Everyone deserves a second chance. To schedule a free case review with an Orlando juvenile shoplifting attorney at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us online or call 407-228-3838.
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