Hello, I am a solicitor with over 15 years experience. I will try to help you with this.
If you son took th e money because he believed he was owed the money byt hr obiss these is the possibility that he is not guilty.
In otder be guilty of theft ther must be dishonesty as well as the taking of something belonging to another.
Thelegal definition of dishonesty is set out below.
Dishonesty is a two-part test : Were the accused’s actions dishonest according to the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest people? and if so, did the accused know that those actions were dishonest according to those standards?
It would be sensible or you Son to see a solicitor before the hearign and to be represented in court. He probably woudl not be entitled to legal aid and would be unlikely to get free help from the duty solicitor at court for this case but with so much atstake
he should be represented.
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In terms of the values. He should probably plead guilty but not accept the values alleged. His solicitor will need to negotiate with the prosecutor to try to persuade them to agree to accept this. If he is unable to get agreement there may be a hearing to ascertain the amount taken rather than whether anything was taken.