If I was given an ordinance violation for retail theft, will this go on any records that employers can view?

If a non-traffic ordinance violation was issued and paid for. I’m 18 years old, never had any criminal background or even any traffic violations. If it does go on records how can I expunge it or is this even possible? I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty and it was no accident or misunderstanding; it was genuinely dumb mistake/poor judgement and I know I’ll never do it again. I’ve worked my whole life to succeed, I graduated valedictorian, volunteer, involved at school.

Asked on August 27, 2011 Wisconsin

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have not yet plead out to the charge against you, it is best that you retain an attorney to assist you in defending the charges stemming from the retail theft charge. Potentially legal representation may assist in resolving the charges with minimum future impact against you.

In all likelihood, a conviction of the charge for retail theft will go on your personal record that can be viewed by a possible employer in a background check.

As far as expunging any future conviction stemming from this charge in the event you are convicted of, or plead out, the time period to expunge a matter assuming the offense can be expunged is typically a period of five (5) years post plea or conviction. Having a criminal attorney representing you in this matter will assist you in any future goal of expunging any resulting plea or conviction.

Good luck.


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