I was at Walmart and used the self check and I paid for all my stuff at least I thought when I got to the door the men stopped me and checked my groceries and some some didn't get rang up so they called the cops and I went to jail for 3 days I did community service and pd a fine I wanted to fight it but the lady said it would go to trial I did want to go through that because it was a honest mistake so I fidt a first time offender program I have a opportunity to get this job and I wanted to know will it show up on my background check
If you were indeed convicted of theft, it will almost certainly appear on a background check. However, if you completed a diversion program instead (which I doubt since you said you did three days in jail), then the charge may have been dismissed. In either situation, you should seek to seal the conviction and/or arrest, if you are eligible.
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You were arrested, booked into jail, and convicted in court. You betcha it will show up!
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
This depends on what exactly happened and whether anyone followed up to make sure the record was sealed. If you entered a diversion program, and the charges were eventually dismissed, you are eligible to have the records sealed. However, you need to actually file the application and have a short hearing to get this done. If you did not successfully complete a diversion program, and were convicted rather than the charges being dismissed, you must wait one year from the date you completed all court ordered probation and paid any fines or restitution before you can file to have the record sealed. Record sealing is not perfect, there are still employers who will find the record based on statutory exemptions. You should sit down with a lawyer for a consultation to find out where you are in the process and what steps, if any, you should still take.
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