My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
I was caught shoplifting about 40$ worth of merchandise from the Target at my mall. I got off inordinately easy: I was taken to a back office and the guy who caught me said the form I signed was just going to stay at the Target office in the file cabinets. He specifically told me that I wouldn’t have a criminal record (the cops were there but everyone assured me it wasn’t for me but for another guy they had in custody) and it wouldn’t be visible to my schools either, that if anyone tried to search for the record of my getting caught they wouldn’t be able to find it. More or less, he told me it was just between me and Target. He also told me that I was being given a second chance and since it was my first offense I would not be getting a trespassers charge and I would be free to come back to this Target at any time, obviously with the caveat that I not steal again. I am 18 so he told me he would have to take my photo and he took it on his phone. He told me I would be fine and free to come back but I would most likely be closely watched. I gave him my id (permit) and he wrote some information on a sheet and had me sign it. My parents were not called and I basically got off with a warning and some basic information on me taken down. My friend seemed to think it was more of a scare tactic, which was successful as I’m never stealing again or stepping foot into that Target if I can help it. My question is: will my photo be posted for everyone to see or just the employees/ security? Also, I’m going to college in California and will most likely be doing dorm shopping there. Is it likely that I will be stopped or questioned there? I am very nervous as my family frequents that Target quite often and am ashamed of what I did and would not like them or anyone I know to see my photo up or have them be suspicious about why I cannot go dorm shopping in a Target.