Post # 1
If a person is arrested and is found to not be guilty, does that still go on their record?
Say you were with someone at a store, the other person shoplifted and you were both arrested even though you had no knowledge of the theft.
Post # 3
There will be a record that you were arrested but not that you were convicted. A lot of job applications and stuff ask if you’ve ever been CONVICTED of a crime, not arrested for one, so you would be absolutely fine in checking off “no” in those cases. Usually, with a small crime like shoplifting (especially if you have no prior arrests), you can have it expunged from your record and it essentially disappears off your record forever. Every state is different, though, so you would have to look into it where you live.
Also, I’m not a lawyer – but I know someone who went through something similar. I’m sure the lawyer bees will be able to provide you with better advice!
ETA: Below poster is correct! If they just took you in handcuffs down to the station, but never “processed” you, then nothing goes on your record.
Post # 4
I don’t think you can be arrested for being with a person who is shoplifting, unless you were doing something shady, as well.
That said, unless you are booked, I don’t think anything goes on your record. They have to process you for that to happen. Just being in cuffs doesn’t do anything.
Post # 5
@tmsing: I think someone has to press charges for anything to go on your record, especially if you were found not guilty…although if you explain you had no knowledge of the theft that should help in your favor. Also, your record can be expunged. Sometimes you have to do a shoplifting class of some sort.
Not entirely certain of this but hopefully a Bee in the legal area can confirm.
Post # 6
@tmsing: I’d just get a criminal record check done and see.
Post # 7
If there are pending charges, they could show up, depending on what type of background check is done.
If you plead no contest, then it WILL show up. If you are found not guilty, it shouldn’t show up, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a potiential employee go “I was found not guilty!” of whatever crime popped on their background check. So make sure you were actually found not guilty and there wasn’t some plea bargin or something. You can pay your local PD to run a background check on you so that way you know for sure.
Post # 8
I think you have to go through the courts to have anything on your record. If charges are dropped, nothing will go on your record either.
Post # 9
@vorpalette: ah okay, there was no booking. As described to me, the person was arrested for “looking suspicious”. Said person gets anxiety a lot so that’s probably where that came from.
@nber0815: Yeah I couldn’t remember if the job things ask about arrests in addition to convictions.
Post # 10
If you were fingerprinted, an arrest without a conviction would show up on an FBI fingerprint or Dept of Justice fingerprint check. But it will usually say what the outcome of the case was, and if not, you can go to the court and request a “no records” letter showing that there is no record of your case in court because there was never a case that went forward. Or, if it did go forward but you were acquitted, it will say so.