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Friday, June 8, 2012

Caught shoplifting but police were not called, do I have a criminal record?


You can only have a criminal record if you have been arrested and plead guilty to a crime or are found guilty of a crime after trial. However, even though you were not arrested on the date of the incident, the police have up to two years to prosecute you for misdemeanor charges. This is known as the Statute of Limitations.  Since they did not arrest you when this happened, it is unlikely that they will do so now but theoretically possible.

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