Yes. As soon as you are arrested, you have a record. The case will remain on your record forever, even if it is dismissed, until you have it expunged or sealed. Which one of these, if either, is an option will depend on the disposition of your case. You need to hire an experienced defense attorney to get you back to a clean record.
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It will show up on your record as an arrest. Depending on the level of theft you are being charged with (class b,c, etc...) the outcome of the case will determine what options you have for hiding this charge from potential employers. Take this very seriously. While the immediate punishment may not seem like a big deal, if you handle it incorrectly you may be stuck with this on your record for good, and that would be a huge black mark against you in your job search. Speak to some local attorneys to get some advice on what to do. Good luck.
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You need an attorney to help you keep this charge off your record. Even if the case is dismissed, the arrest record will exist unless it is expunged. The sooner you contact an attorney, the better.
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