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I was caught shoplifting, paid a fine in court, but I wasn't arrested. Will this go on my record?

Dexter, ME |

This was my first offense, my record was clean before this happened, I just don't know if this went on my record or not.

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It is most definitely on your record as a theft conviction and will be there for the rest of your life. Unless there is a successful appeal, post conviction review, other proceeding or pardon that removes it. Those things are vanishingly unlikely.

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How long do I need to wait to get it expunged?

Luke S Rioux

Luke S Rioux

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There is no such thing as expungement in Maine. The governor could pardon you. There is a process to follow and a petition to be filed. I can help you if you want to discuss further. The odds are not good.

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I don't want the rest of my life to based on the one stupid thing that I did. I am in college and I am hoping this wont ruin everything I have worked hard for so far.

Luke S Rioux

Luke S Rioux

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How long ago was the plea?

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In December, I couldn't afford a lawyer and wasn't able to be appointed a lawyer

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If you entered a plea, then it will be on your record.

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You can petition to seal or expunge the conviction after the statutory waiting period.

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Luke S Rioux

Luke S Rioux

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Not in Maine you can't.

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If you were cited for theft, went to court and plead guilty and were sentenced to a fine, of course it is on your record. I assume you didn't have an attorney. If you want the matter reviewed, to see if you have any options to revisit the plea, hire an attorney ASAP. Time is not your friend. Act now.

I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this response on the avvo website. I have not been retained to represent you. I am licensed to practice law in Kentucky and in federal court in this state and the Southern District of Indiana. You need to seek legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your area..

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