Many people go through a brief “rebellious” phase at some point in their life. For some, this can be as harmless as dying their hair a funky color or wearing provocative clothing. For others, rebellion can come in the form of petty crime, with many going more specifically with shoplifting. Shoplifting is never ok, as it is crime and morally wrong, but it pales in comparison to other more serious crimes. So if you get caught shoplifting, will the crime be on your permanent record?
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Did you Get Arrested for Shoplifting?
A big determining factor of whether or not shoplifting will go on your criminal record is if you get arrested. In many cases, if you are a teen and caught shoplifting, the owner of the store will ban you for life and call your parents. While this seems awful at the time, the owner is being generous, since it is completely within their rights to call the police at this time. If you did not get arrested and did not receive a citation, it will not go on your criminal record. If you are arrested or reported to the police, then it depends on what happens next.
Did the Shoplifting Case Go to Court?
If you are arrested and charged with a crime, it will likely go to court for a decision to be made on your punishment. If you are not convicted of the accused crime in court, then it will not go on your permanent record. However, if you are convicted of the crime then it will go on your permanent record.
After Completing Probation, Your Record Should Get Expunged
If you are convicted in court, then with the help of a good attorney you will likely be sentenced to community service and one year of probation. If you successfully complete your assigned community service and one year of probation without any further charges or arrests, then at that point your record should be expunged.
Hire a Lawyer to Avoid Criminal Charges From Shoplifting
If you get caught shoplifting and the owner decides to issue a citation or call the police, it is essential to contact an attorney immediately. A good lawyer can help argue your case in court and help you avoid any blemishes on your permanent record. The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter in San Diego features experienced criminal defense attorneys who can help you clear your name of any wrongdoings. If you are worried about accumulating a criminal record, contact The Law Offices of Elliott Kanter today. Give us a call at (619) 330-5881.