DearCustomer- If a record is sealed then it can't be accessed by the public and she should be fine when it comes to employment questionnaires however some of them can be quite clever in how they ask.
I can never predict the exact punishment of any court but even adults usually don't get jail time for a first offense of this nature. She will probably get a fine and maybe some community service. I assume the merchandise has been recovered so there's no need for restitution.
You asked about getting a lawyer. I alway recommend having legal counsel in any criminal matter. Many times a lawyer can get a plea bargain to a lesser charge or find some legal defense to the action. The worst person to get advice from is the police. A lawyer would also be able to take any steps necessary to be certain that the record is sealed. So my answer is you do not "have" to hire a lawyer but I recommend that you do so.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law
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