Thank you for the information and your questions. Without knowing exactly what the company is going to do it is difficult to make suggestions. However, assuming that they report this to the police, then yes, you will definitely need a criminal defense attorney
. If you absolutely cannot afford one, and you meet the financial qualifications, then the court would appoint you a public defender
for free if necessary. What I can tell you is that you should seriously consider declining any further statements about the facts surrounding the missing money. In other words, anything you say, either to your employer, a third party, or law enforcement, can and most definitely will be used against you in prosecuting the charges. So, declining to say anything is the best way to go at this point, even though you have already made a statement to the employer.
As for your background check, depending on what type of employment you are seeking, most employers may only ask you if you have been convicted of a crime and not just arrested. There are some exceptions like law enforcement jobs, banking, jobs that require special licenses, and safety sensitive jobs. But most can only ask about convictions and if they do a background check can only consider those. But to directly answer your question, if someone does a true criminal background check on you then arrests show up in addition to convictions.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.