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shoplifting effects when become citizen

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I asked about shoplifting before, check in my record to see what I was asking on justanswer. I want to ask does it affect me when I want to become a citizen here? I am ling in Texas.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Georgetown Lawyer replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for allowing me to assist you. If there is a delay in my reply, I am helping others but WILL reply to you asap. Thanks for your patience....what year and month was that? when do you plan to apply for citizenship??
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I do not know whether you can see my questions on justanswer with another lawyer before. I was caught shoplifting on August,2011. I asked them that is it affect my social record? they said no, only on Walmart's record. They explained that the value of item what was stolen more than $50, so I have to go to jail. They called police but the police did come so they let me leave. Before I left, I asked them again so no effect on my social record when I aplly for a job in the future? they said no.

After that 2 weeks, I received a letter require that I gotto pay the fine $200. I paid.

I have been here 2 and a half year, and I can aplly for citizenship on 2014 ( I came to America on 2009).

Does shoplifting effect me in the future? what will it effect me?

Expert:  Georgetown Lawyer replied 5 years ago.
Actually, I could see it if necessary but i didn't need all of that history, just the date this occurred and when you plan to apply for citizenship. it's a petty theft and as long as you have no criminal conviction for the theft it will not affect your immigration application. I hope this helps clarify.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
what is criminal conviction for the theft ?
One lawyer told me that shoplifting will effect when I apply for citizenship and I might be kicked back to my country.
Expert:  Georgetown Lawyer replied 5 years ago.
it means you were charged with a crime and convicted by the criminal court. you stated at no time were you arrested and that you had not gone to court and you paid to settle the amount with the company. so again if there is no criminal court involved, there was no criminal charge so it would not affect you. also, you would never be kicked out of the country for a $50 theft. Also, I cannot get into a back and forth about what another attorney said. I can only give my opinion, the rest is up to you. Thanks and good luck.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
I don't know the law that's why I want to talk to a lawyer and Georgetown Lawyer does not really want to help me. She does not explain clearly.