My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal
I understand your confusion. If this were just a regular theft
offense, a theft of only $70 would be a misdemeanor. However, it's embezzlement.
North Carolina has a special section of the penal code for a theft from one's employer.
Under GS 14-90 it is a Class H felony to steal any amount less than $100,000 from one's employer.
At age 16 in North Carolina, your child is considered an adult for purposes of prosectution. That means he will come before a judge facing a felony charge.
There is nothing YOU will be able to ask for. You are not a part of this case and will not get to appear before the judge. Only a lawyer can advocate for your son in court. You need to get him representation.
If you can afford a lawyer for him, have the lawyer appear with him on his court date. If you cannot, then he needs to plead NOT GUILTY when he is arraigned on these charges and then he can ask the court for a public defender.
Do not let him handle this without counsel. Criminal cases can have lifetime consequences and your son's future may depend on how well this case is handled.