Yes, that's correct. Kinda strange or is it because he basically provided a signed confession that this may happen later? Oh, ya forgot if I stated the amount he belived he had stolen. He thinks around $700.00. Thought you might need that to determine the serverity of the offense.
Sorry that I haven't got back with you sooner, but we had some bad thunderstorms and our internet was knocked out over the weekend and holiday.
I am needing to get some clarification with part of what you said.
"He can go to court, plead not guilty, have a meeting with the prosecutor and YES he is eligible for youthful offender status. If he successfully completes probation, he will not have a public record. This will be a part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor."
I am having a hard time following your logic. So let me see if I understand, he goes before a judge and pleads not guilty, after that we would meet with prosecutor and ask for youthful offender status. So in asking for youthful offender status is he then agreeing to a plea of guilty and under that agreement he gets youthful offender status, is that correct? It just seems to me since he wrote this letter listing the items he had stolen that he has supplied them with a signed confession. Will that letter not be in the possesion of the judge and if that is the case will he, the judge, ask my son about the letter? So how do we handle the letter if it comes up? The letter stated the reason why he took the items, list the items and he signed it. Also, another thing doesn't Walmart have the right to sue in civil court or will the "pay-back" to Walmart be part of the criminal case?
Sorry again for not responding back sooner,
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