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A classmate of mine was caught stealing a few years ago. She said that she paid a fine and was never taken to jail. But she wants to know if it was put on record?

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Did she get a "ticket"? If so, then yes it's more than likely on her record. How old is she thou?

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she's 19
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I meant she was 19 when it happened
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Yea it's probably on her record. She maybe able to call the police station, or visit the courthouse and ask for a copy of her record.
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Oh I see. thanks Cjkenkel, you're always so helpful!
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You're very welcome sweetheart. Good luck to your friend.
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if she was taken to court over it then yes it goes on your permanent record.

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misdemeanor or felony, either one will show up in her criminal background IF she was charged. if she paid a fine, i'm assuming that she was.

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If she paid a fine, it was put on record.

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do you know how she would go about checking her record?
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I don't have a record and I got caught stealing when I was under 18.

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I think minors and adults are treated differently when it comes to petty theft
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Depends whether or not she was over 18 when she was caught. Did she go to court? Did she get taken in to get booked? If she wants to make sure, she should run a records check on herself at the police station/sheriff's office she was taken to. If she wasn't "taken in", she can check the clerk of the courts in the county where it happened. There's so many factors. Heck, the judge can give her withheld adjudication so she can have her record expunged later on. There's usually no charge for the public records search. However, there's usually a small fee if she needs to pull up the court finalization. (In my county it costs about $8.00. ) Also, if it is on her record, she should check into getting her file expunged. That gets it taken off her record. No one but the police/court system will ever know it was there.

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very informative. thank u!
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