Probation. A court can also order probation for juveniles convicted of shoplifting. Juvenile probation often lasts about 6 months, though it may last longer depending on the circumstances. Probation terms require the juvenile to take specific actions, such as to stay in school, obey the reasonable orders of parents, guardians, and school officials, and regularly report to a probation officer during the probation period. If the juvenile doesn't comply, the court can impose a more significant penalty.