Good answer about the civil demand. Your "record" as a minor is not available to potential employers. For the moment, there is nothing you can do that is going to help you out. When you turn 18, however, you should seek to seal your juvenile record (you will have to have done everything they told you to do on probation and not gotten into trouble.) This all asumes that actual charges are brought against you. If you are 14, charged with shoplifting, and have no prior record, you will probably be TBolted, meaning that you will not be charged with an actual deliquency and will not have any record to speak off. Probation will watch you for a while to make sure this was an isolated incident, and if nothing goes wrong they will never charge you. Don't steal anymore. Talk about all of this with your public defender.
Have your parents hire you a locally experienced criminal defense attorney who can hopefully prevent a conviction. Either way, since you are a juvenile, and given the offense, you should not have to worry about this showing up on an employment background check.
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