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I understand your concern about this. Fortunately, under Virginia law, if this was your first ever criminal offense then it is in fact eligible for expungement.
Expungement means that ALL police records and court records related to the misdemeanor shoplifting charge will be completely erased. It will not show up on any future background checks.
In order to petition to have this expunged you'll need to fill out a Petition for Expungement and either submit it in person, or mail it in to the County Circuit Court in the jurisdiction in which the charge originally occurred.
You can access the Petition for Expungement here:
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