I was caught shoplifting $52 merchandise at Kohl's in MN. Police were called. I was issued a ticket and banned from all Kohls stores. The officer recorded my confession and then said I can either pay ticket within 21 days or go to court to plead not guilty. I told him I can't go to court because I am relocating to another state very soon. He told me if I pay the fine I am admitting to crime and it will go on my record. Will show up on background checks in other states when I move and am trying to find a job or place to live? I've also heard that I Kohl's often sends out civil demands. They have the merchandise back and it's not damaged so I don't know if they can do this.