The idea behind that treatment was so that it would not show up. I'd be interested to know what the information is that leads you to believe it is on there. If you went to arraignment and then had to go be booked afterwards, that would show as an arrest.
You should call a local attorney, have them look it up for you and discuss your options for removal if there is an arrest on there. Most of us aren't going to charge you much for that. Best of luck to you!
Are you sure that it is showing up? Consult a local criminal law attorney for assistance - many loffer free consultations. Good luck
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
Depending on the type of background check, the arrest will still show up on your record as an arrest and also as a conviction for theft as a violation. You can get the conviction expunged but you will have to wait three years per ORS 135.225. You can, however, indicate on applications that you have not been convicted of a crime because a violation is not a crime.
It sounds like you have two issues to figure out: 1. When an employer does a background check comes up? 2. If anything comes up--the arrest, the conviction, or both--then what are your options for cleaning up your record. Even though the charge was dropped as a violation, you must remember that the da and judge are not your attorneys, so hints might not have turned out exactly turned out as you expected. An experienced criminal defense attorney will do some detective work to help you figure this all out. Good luck.
***This is NOT legal advice, please consult an attorney for an answer tailored to your situation.***