i just went to the court where i was tried for stealing $15 from the workplace.. i was cited for 484 pc but the da said if i do 40 hours community service it will be reduced to an infraction.... but my question is how far does it hinders my job opportunities. if A job application says, "were you convicted of a crime?or were you ever charged with fraud, theft?"
so in that case do i answer yes or no.... is there any way that 484 pc dismissal doesn't show up on my background check or criminal record?
is petty theft infraction a criminal conviction??
any answers would be appreciated.
A petty theft infraction IS a criminal conviction, but since an infraction is basically like a traffic ticket, the import is somewhat lessened. That said, you should always be truthful on job applications, especially if you are applying for a job with the state or any regulatory agencies.
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If a job application says, "were you convicted of a crime? or were you ever charged with fraud, theft?" A guilty or nolo plea that results in reduction of theft charges to an infraction is a criminal conviction. You would answer "yes" in both instances.
Is there any way that 484 pc dismissal doesn't show up on my background check or criminal record? It will show up on your record.
Is petty theft infraction a criminal conviction? Yes.
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Yes, under California Penal Code Section 490.5.
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An infraction is not a crime; it is a public offense. While PC 19.6 says it is, People v. Sava (1987) 190 Cal.App.3d 935, 235 Cal.Rptr. 694 (which has not been overruled) says that it is not because there is no right to a trial by a jury. For that reason, most infractions are punished with a fine only. Examples of infractions in California are traffic violation such as exceeding the posted speed limit, etc.
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