My 14-year old son was caught shoplifting in CVS (about $4 stolen merchandise), and on the spot he immediately admitted being a shoplifter. That is his first time. There are no criminal charges.
I was told I would need to pay civil demand charges (between $150 and $500). Also, he is banned from entering any CVS store nationwide for a year, otherwise he would be prosecuted criminally for trespassing. He is saying he has not signed any papers at all.
My questions are:
1. If sometime later he would have a background check by potential employer (in 10 years, for instance), would they see it?
2. In particular, what happens if he applies for employment at CVS in 10 years?
3. What would the civil demand be for this time?
4. Is there a way to negotiate the amount or change it otherwise, for instance, in court?