A friend of mine was charged with a misdemeanor the offense was theft-take/use/transfer movable property-no consent. He went to the court for it. He didn’t meet with the judge face to face but met with his Public defender. The public defender said the case has been dismissed And he doesn’t plead guilty. Because he was a student and this was his first offense the judge went easy on him. The public defender said all you have to do is pay a fee of $100 (he did) stay out of trouble for one year. And don’t go into the that store again. For at least a year. The public defender said this will not show up in your record. And when jobs to background checks they should not be able to see this the case is closed. But now I’ve applied to a job and they’ve done a background cheaply and they rejected me cause they saw this. How? I thought it was off my record. On the paper that I got it says court Records on the top of it. Then it shows my information of offense.
Happy to answer, but before I do. Did you start the question indicating that this happened to your friend, but then a few sentences indicate it was your offense? :)
This all sounds correct. There was a mistake, followed by a charge, there was a stay of adjudication, and now there is a record of the stay of adjudication and dismissal. If anybody goes to a courthouse or does a deeper background check they will see the record of this incident, so the cat is out of the bag (even though it was dismissed).
You should look into expunging the record, that means sealing the file completely so there isn't any court action. Many lawyers on this forum can assist you with that process. Good luck!
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There is a charge pending for dismissal so that’s why it shows up. Stay out of trouble to get it dismissed or you would then have a permanent conviction.
There was no judge involved in this. You received a continuance for dismissal from the prosecutor (no plea of guilty) and ultimately that prosecution would be dismissed at the end of one year. If you satisfied your end of the bargain, this one is pretty easy to expunge (seal) but you should call one of us for help with that so that government-related background checks don't show that you were charged with this.
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