Can You Expunge Shoplifting Charge?

Can a misdemeanor shoplifting charge be expunged?

Infraction and Misdemeanor Theft Cases We can expunge your Shoplifting (484 PC, 488 PC, 490 PC; see below*) conviction by withdrawing your plea and having the case dismissed, under most circumstances.

Under most circumstances, a felony theft conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor, and then expunged..

Can I get a job with a shoplifting charge?

Employers are most interested if you have been charged with a crime of theft, violence or addiction. One study revealed that 50% of the applicants for a job will not be interviewed if they have a charge or conviction on their application.

How do I clear a shoplifting record?

If you were convicted of shoplifting, there is no way to get that expunged from your record. If you were just charged and you haven’t been to court yet, then you definitely need to hire an attorney to represent you and keep this off your permanent criminal record.

How long does misdemeanor theft Stay on record?

A misdemeanor stays on your record for life unless you successfully petition for expungement. There is no preset “expiration date” for misdemeanor crimes. Even though misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felonies, they are still serious breaches in the eyes of the law.

What should I tell a judge for shoplifting?

The judge will advise you of your rights and the maximum possible penalties. You don’t have to say anything; the court will enter your plea as not guilty.

Will a shoplifting charge ruin my life?

A petit theft or shoplifting charge is not likely to ruin your life. … Any employer that conducts a background check will be put off by someone with a history of theft.

Should I plead guilty shoplifting?

Do not plead guilty. There are implications beyond a fine if you do. You will have a criminal record that, in the future, could prevent you from obtaining employment or even housing. You do not mention if you have any other criminal convictions which could also influence what could or could not be done.

How long does a misdemeanor shoplifting stay on your record?

Shoplifting items valued at under $950 is a misdemeanor in California, but second offenses can be charged as felonies. If you are convicted of a shoplifting charge in California, the conviction remains on your record forever unless you get it dismissed or expunged.

Will cops come your house shoplifting?

If the police are able to determine that it may be you on the video tape allegedly committing the theft AND they know who you are and where you live AND they have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, then they can come…

Do first time shoplifters go to jail?

The short answer is no, you will not go to jail for a first time shoplifting offense. Jail time is a possible penalty for many criminal offenses, but with jail overcrowding and the prevailing notion that a criminal defendant should be given a second…

Can I get a shoplifting charge dropped?

Shoplifting charges can be dismissed or reduced to lesser, non-theft offenses through a number of plea bargains a defense attorney can negotiate. If your shoplifting case is your first offense and you have no prior criminal history, your charges can be dismissed by way of deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) or diversion.