Shoplifting - Honest Mistake
Will she require a lawyer to go to court?
What can she expect moving forward?
Can she get a copy of the in-store video surveillance?
Any tips on how to deal with this - I believe that it was an honest mistake - that’s why I’m taking the time to try and help her.
*update - they got a lawyer and given this was a first offence, the case will likely be dropped based on previous similar cases. The lawyer confirmed that this happens all the time (innocently walking out with an item when distracted) and that in this case, the value of the items is very minimal so there is a very high possibility the case will be dropped. The lawyer has reached out to the crown and hopes to have everything resolved before even getting finger printed or going to court. The lawyer did say that Yorkdale Mall has a high number of attempted thefts with children and strollers, however the value of the items is much higher and the case almost always goes in front of the judge. The lawyer confirmed that this will have no impact on her future citizenship.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback and guidance.