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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.

Florida Juvenile Shoplifting Charges

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 Juvenile Shoplifting Records

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.

Protecting Your Child's Future

Our goal is not just to defend your child, but to get your child the help he or she needs so that the behavior is not repeated. Our lawyers will work hard to ensure the focus stays on rehabilitation and defense, not on punishment.

If your child is a first-time offender, he or she may be eligible for a number of programs such as Teen Court, in which you could get the charges dropped. Our founding partner, Bill Umansky, is actively involved in the juvenile court system in central Florida and currently serves as a judge in the Orange County Teen Court program and on its board of directors.

Contact a Juvenile Shoplifting 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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