When I was 18 I got arrested for shoplifting in Bolingbrook Illinois. I went to the mall police station and received a $250 citation along with paying the store $500. I never went to court and never was fully booked. My miranda rights weren't even said. I am now a criminal justice major wondering how this all looks on my record since I will soon be filling our applications for work and internships.
It's hard to say as it could have been written as either an ordinance violation or a misdemeanor. From what you're saying, it sounds more like an ordinance violation... in which case it's probably not much of anything on your record (although it might still show up). I'd suggest calling the Will County Clerk of the Circuit Court (assuming the mall was in Will County) and ask them about it. They can tell you if anything was ever filed.
If you only paid a fine and you were never booked (meaning fingerprinted) and never went to court it is more than likely that there is no record of this and it should not really effect your employment opportunities. To be sure you can always run your own check on yourself and see what, if anything, is being reported.
You can check the Will county clerk of the circuit court to see if they have any record. It is unlikely since you never were required to appear in court.Sincerely,
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