My Girlfriend was caught stealing a GPS unit (over $1000) 2 weeks ago at Fry's Electronic t(California), she was arrested and was released on the same night.
She is 21 years old and this is her first offense and she was never arrested before, she regret it very much.
She work as a behavior therapist for an autism service company and she love her job very much, this is what she want to do for the rest of her life. She been helping a lot of autism kids and all the families are really grateful. Just last week, her boss from work called and told her her fingerprint result shows she been arrested for theft and the status is pending, despite what a good employee she is (they were considering promoting her), her boss said the company has to let her go if she is convicted, it is the company policy. My girlfriend now worrying about losing the job, and also not able to find any job in the related field again since they all require a criminal history check.
I am looking for advice what to do to help her, I know she made a mistake but I really don't want to see her lifetime dream to be over. She is still in college, a psychology major, she really love what she is doing. I don't know the law much but I am thinking about going to Frys and ask them not to press charges against her. My girlfriend willing to repay Fry's with 50% of her paycheck every month for a year (around $10000). Can somebody advice me what I can do to help her, if she goto court and convicted, she will never able to find a job in her field anymore.
Thanks in advance