My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
My friend's 4 year old daughter was caught shoplifting at a retail store in CA. She was charged with a 490.1 and is scheduled to appear in court. It is her first offense and her mom's primary concern is the consequences the conviction might have on her daughter's record. What are all possible things she might be charged with (misdemeanor, infraction, etc), and what can they do to make the sentence as light as possible? Should they hire a lawyer? Is it possible to pay the fine and do community service to have the conviction removed from her record as soon as possible?
Thanks for any and all advice!
Whoops! I mean 14 year old daughter!!