The charges that are filed and the ultimate resolution can sometimes be softened if you talk to the DA and or the police. My first recommendation is that the juvenile gets an experienced criminal defense lawyer. I had had cases similar to this in which I talked to the officer during the investigation, and the officer was willing to be more lenient in charging my client if my client cooperated with the investigation. However, I have had other cases in which I didn't feel that the officer would give my client any consideration for cooperation, so I did not have my client make any statements. If the juvenile just walks in and admits to everything, the officer can simply use those admissions to have a great case, file every possible charge, and push for a severe sentence. A experienced lawyer will probably know the officer, know the officer's tendencies, and thereby know whether the officer is someone that will assist in resolving the case. There are also steps that should be taken to substantiate the juvenile's justification for the activity. Felony theft-related charges are very severe. Most criminal defense attorneys offer free consults, and you want to talk to an experienced lawyer in that area and he/she will know how officers, prosecutors, and judges in that area handle these types of cases.
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