I took two items worth $13 from a rite aid and was caught and taken to the police department today. They fingerprinted me and took photographs and as it is my first offense, gave me a citation for retail theft. I have not yet gone to the court house and have ten days to make a plea. I will have a background check run on me this tuesday for a job (great timing). A few questions 1. Will it show on tuesday if I haven't gone to court yet?
2. I plan to plead not guilty will I need a lawyer to attempt to get this off my record? 3. I read theres a possibility to talk to the officers who i'm kinda cool with now to have it changed to a disorderly conduct before I go to the judge, is this true even if they filed paper work and gave me citation? 4. What is the cheapest way to go about all this jazz?
A local criminal lawyer would be the best bet to resolve it so you don't have a record
It sounds like you were arrested for summary retail theft:
1.) They fingerprinted you and took your arrest photograph. Yes, this arrest will likely show up in a background check.
2.) You're absolutely going to need an attorney.
3.) The officers don't control what you're charged with. That's in the hands of the prosecutors. Even if they were inclined to somehow change the charge to disorderly conduct (which you shouldn't count on), that arrest and conviction would still remain on your record.
4.) As for how much this would cost....think about the difference between going to the Dollar Store to shop or to Lord & Taylor.....you generally get what you pay for. If you want cheap representation and litigation, don't be surprised if you get a cheap result. You're talking about your livelihood and something that can stay on your record for some time to come. Hire someone who knows what they're doing, and pay that person to do their job. While no one can guarantee you an outcome, your first thought shouldn't be how to cheaply get out of this problem. You've made a mess of your life that you want someone else to now fix. That rarely comes cheaply when done well.
It may or may not show up. It depends who is doing the search and how quickly the information of the arrest was posted. You definitely need to hire an attorney to help you. I have handled cases like this with a resolution that included the charges being dismissed with out a conviction. I am sure other criminal defense attorneys have as well. While this cannot be guaranteed you really should hire an attorney as a conviction remains on your record for a minimum of 5 years at which time you can petition to have it expunged.
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