You do not have a criminal record, therefore nothing will show up on a criminal background check. Throw the civil demand letter in the trash, it's highly unlikely that'll they'll sure you for theft.
Mr. Visco's answer is spot on. You have never been convicted therefore you do not have a criminal conviction and you will never need to file for an expungement. Go to a LIVE SCAN location and to an electronic fingerprint background check. Total cost $40.00. It will take about a week to two to have the results mailed directly to you. SEEING IS BELIEVING. Good luck. You can google live scan for locations. Hope this Help?
If the store victimized by the initial shoplift entered the facts of your previous allegation into one of the privately-maintained retail data-bases (very likely), then you could have a problem because the present prospective employer is a contributing and active member of the industry-wide private data-bank. There is no reliable way to find out in advance whether the info was retained in the private data-base or whether the prospective employer will make a query of that data.
My colleagues are right that if you were never arrested and booked, and you were not subjected to the critical element of finger-printing, you do not have a criminal record in the state of California. But prospective retail employers almost never notify employment applicants about the element of the hiring process that involves a check with the private retail data-base.
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If you were never arrested, let alone convicted, then it will not show up in a criminal background check.
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