My question involves criminal law for the state of:
Ok, my son is in the army reserves. He is a very good boy, and im not just saying that because hes my son. Volunteer firefighter, soldier, full time EMT, part time fugitive recovery agent, and all around a great guy. Recently he came to me and told me that he and a friend were being stupid several weeks ago and he stole a knife from an AAFES store in the bx on base. At first he wanted to go back and talk to the manager of the store and confess and offer to pay because he fealt guilty. I was afraid he would get arrested so i told him not to, i scolded him some, but it looked like he had punished himself enough already. I have friends that work on base and i know some of the criminal investigators out there. One of them called me today and told me they had him stealing the knife on tape. I havnt seen the tape or heard much about it(the investigator is a mutual friend but not a great friend, so hes not going to help us here) my son told me that he took the knife and some clothes in the dressing room, pocketed the knife and hid the package under some folded clothes, so im not sure what is on the tape. Now we are freaking out, he is planning to call the investigator on monday and come in to talk with them or confess and make a statement or whatever is to be done. I am worried that he is going to be charged with a felony because it was on a military base, and he is in the military. We both understand what he did was stupid and childish and very unbecoming of a soldier. So please dont take this opportunity to attack him for a dumb mistake, weve all made mistakes. I am just curious what he should do. He does part time work as a fugitive recovery agent(bounty hunter) and hes a big time gun collector and outdoorsman. So he is also very concerned about losing his rights to own a firearm over this and losing his collection and permit, along with his job as an EMT and a FRA. We cannot afford to go consult or hire an attorney right now, not even close actually. What should we do? does anybody know what will happen to him? BTW he has a clean record, never been arrested before. Please help us out here, we are very concerned and worried what this could do to him and his future.