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The arrest/ticket will always be in your history. If you pay the fine, it can be constituted as an admission of guilt. Generally speaking from best to worst, your outcomes could be the following:
1) Nolle prosequi or no action by state
2) Dismissal (it may be a dismissal because you entered into a pre-trial intervention program or something like that)
3) Not guilty verdict (acquittal)
4) Withhold of adjudication
5) Finding of guilt
So you should try to stick to the first two if possible. You can also negotiate a plea to a lesser offense like disorderly conduct.
As to employment, if an employer does a background check, as I said, they can see the arrest/ticket. They should also be able to see the disposition. Even if you get the case dismissed, they still may see you as a dishonest person and a risk to hire. Maybe if you take it to trial and get a not guilty verdict, you can argue that it was a mistake on the part of the store and you won in court and it should not be held against you. The employer could request a copy of the police report and disposition of the case to see if maybe you got off on a technicality and could still question your morality. Really, the only way to truly have some protection in regards ***** ***** depending on the outcome of the case, would be to have the case sealed or expunged. Sealing the case means that the public including private employers would not see the case at all and you could deny that it ever happened. There are some employers that you must disclose to anyway, but those are employers that deal with sensitive subject matter like children, U.S. military secrets, etc. Expunging the case is just like sealing it except that the physical case is destroyed. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, keep in mind that the government still has access to the record even if it is sealed or expunged, they will see that something did happen, and you must always disclose to the government.
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