Thank you for your reply.
1) That evidence is circumstancial at best. Assuming the worst case scenario, that you actually were arrested/charged, the prosecutor would have to prove his case based on that alone. Without other witnesses or a security tape to back that up, a prosecutor might decide to just drop the whole thing. It's good you didn't sign anything.
2) Honestly, I've never heard of a shoplifting database-at least nothing on a national sense, if that's what you mean? Any database I think Kohls might keep would be internal for the store/company. I know when I worked years ago for a large retail chain, our security team kept a log book of all shoplifters. We were able to compare names with other stores within the company this way whenever we caught a shoplifter. They may also (though I doubt this, given the size of their company) distribute your information to all of their stores in the event you are stopped in one -they could arrest you for shoplifting. Kohls is a huge company though, and I just don't see a situation where if you entered a store in Florida, they would somehow recognize you from California.
Since there was no arrest, there are no court records, no fingerprints, etc. It won't show up in any background check.
3) Do you mean if you were arrested? Assuming that this did happen (doubtful), you would either be given bail or released pending a court hearing. When that happens depends a lot on how busy the courts are, and I know L.A. County is just about the busiest in the country. An arraingment would likely be held within weeks, and if your lawyer was not able after that to reach some sort of plea deal with the prosecutor and you wanted to go to trial, well, that could take months. Generally speaking, you are entitled to a "speedy trial", which means in most states, unless you waive this right, the state would have to bring you to trial within about 90 days on a misdemeanor charge.
Hope this helps.
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