I was caught shoplifting in Virginia. The retailer took my info, I signed the paper admitting my crime, but I wasn't charged or arrested and there were no cops.
I'm 18 (great timing, yeah?) and it was my first offense. I've always been well-behaved and picked a really stupid way to act out; I've already felt some of the repercussions of this and I'm really worried about not being able to get a job.
I would like to know how (if at all) this is different from someone who WAS charged, how long it will be on my credit report, what I would answer on applications and if I can get it removed or something. I suspect I would need a lawyer, but I'm still curious.
I have been reading around in these forums and haven't been able to find information close enough to my situation. Thanks in advance for any help!