I live in NYC. My son was caught shoplifting when he was 13. It was his first and only offense. The value of the property was about $50.00. The store, Target, called me and said I owed them over $500. They said the law allowed them to charged five times the amount of the value of the item that was attempted to shoplifted. Is this true and am I, as the parent responsible. I understand that a 13 year old in NY is not responsible for criminal acts of this nature simply because of his age. Any information would be appreciated.
Thank you