My question involves criminal law for the state of:California
My 16yr old daughter and her 18yr old boyfriend were caught shoplifting in a local grocery store. she had a $1.49 pepsi and he had a few red bulls and some meat for about $20. She was cited and released to me by the loss prevention officer and he was cited and released on his own. From reading the papers I rec'd today I will be getting a letter from the D.A.. But what kind of punishment is there for a first offense and does she need a lawyer??