I am completing the citation diversion program for petit theft. I was told upon completion Of this program this will not show up as a misdemeanor on my criminal record, Is this true? Does a civil citation show on you record I thought I was only an arrest?
Again, no lawyer can tell you either how thoroughly some other person / entity will go in conducting a background check or what such an examination may or may not reveal.
That said, unfortunately, it is probably a safe bet to assume that if you were arrested anytime in the digital age then your criminal record will almost certainly remain with you forever. To some degree or another this is true regardless of whether your ultimately seal or expunge a case. All arrests are matters of public record, and, even if they are subsequently removed from the public record they still remain alive and well in various private records. This is one down-side to technology.
You might want to do your own background check to see what pops up. Forewarned is forearmed. If your prior indiscretion appears then, for better or for worse, you are probably best advised to take the wind out of the sails by admitting your past issues / indiscretions to your present (or potential) employer, lender, landlord, licensing authority, admissions committee, etcetera, rather than waiting for them to find out on their own, but that's a personal, not a legal, decision.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Some of what you're asking will depend on how Leon County Courts keep records of these citations, if at all. The civil citation does not fall within the Florida Record Sealing/Expunge statute. But, there might be other ways to deal with the record.
I suggest that you contact a local Tally criminal defense attorney familiar with how Leon County treats these.
I hope I've been helpful and Good Luck
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