Good afternoon, thank you for your question.
I presume they are going to treat the 16 year old as a juvenile
, and not charge him as an adult. The focus in juvenile court
is on rehabilitation, not punishment, especially for a first offender. Also, both of these charges are misdemeanors
(459pc is actually a "wobbler", meaning it could be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor, but given that it is a first offense and the dollar value of the item was low, a misdemeanor charge is more likely). I would expect that the child be given probation, which can involve things like reporting to a probation officer, avoiding any future trouble, community service, anti-theft
classes, etc. I would not expect any incarceration for a first offense.
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