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Can a shoplifting charge be expunged from my record?

If you were under the age of 18 at the time you committed the offense of shoplifting, then you may be able to have your record expunged. In Arizona, expungement is available for individuals who committed crimes while under 18 years of age. If the offense was committed as an adult, however, you still may have your shoplifting conviction set aside or removed from your record. It is not true expungement, but it will remove the conviction from your record.

In order to have your record expunged or set aside, you must file a motion with the court. The prosecutor will have 90 days to respond to your motion and object if he or she wants. If the prosecutor does not object, the court will rule on your motion. If you have a conviction on your record, you should make every effort to remove it so that it doesn’t continue to negatively affect your life.

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