I am a student and this is my first ever offense and i am extremely worried that it might very well ruin my life. Is it possible for me to get this off my record in a reasonable amount of time or have I screwed up for good this time? I am in my very early twenties and i have been having a lot of stress and mental health issues over the last couple years. I have recently started going to a psychiatrist to help me work through these problems but this is really worrying me to the point that i am beginning to become physically ill due to the constant anxiety and stress.
also i was not arrested just given a ticket and sent on my way. it was under $75 and i never actually left the last point of sale.
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Criminal matters, such as the one described in the inquiry, can be complicated.
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It sounds like you may have pled to misdemeanor concelament of goods. If so, assuming you have a clean record outside of minor traffic offenses, you may be albe to get it expunged, but you will have to wait a certain amount of years.