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Thank you for the information and your question. If this was a petty theft (depends on the value of what you were caught with and what State this was in), you wouldn't be arrested, you would generally just receive a summons to go to court. This would usually be considered a misdemeanor so, if you were found guilty, yes, it could effect your employment. That depends on what kind of industry you work in and what your job is. Usually, if someone has a conviction for theft, they cannot get jobs that involve handling money or budgets or any public responsibility jobs. So, if you do receive a summons you might seriously consider hiring a local criminal defense attorney to see if they can negotiate a plea for you where you get deferred prosecution. That, in essence, means that if you stayed out of trouble, there would be no conviction on your record. But, you will need to speak to your attorney about that.
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