I was 22, It was in back to late 1990 in Southfield, Michigan,
I did a very stupid thing. I shoplifted accessaries worth of less than $10- 20 while I was purchasing other stuffs.
I got caughted at the counter while I was about to pay.
A security guard was approached and I returned them from my pocket. They searched for my belongings and wallet and found my dad's Amex Gold Card together with my Driver's License and Social Security Card. They rang to Police and mentioned that I had that Gold Card.
Police came and they handcuffed on me without saying any 'rights' -I don't know whether they should tell me such things in 1989.
Anyway, it was late afternoon and I was at the station for sometime. My sister was really mad at me and paid $100 for 'bail' as per court's order(I was really scared and I couldn't remember where I was sent to but I remembered a kinda Judge person read the report and dang! with $100 bail money and I could come home.
The Court(it was early evening, I don't know they work till that late??) ordered me to pay the money on the way out and asked me to appear to the Court on certain date and I remembered it would be some time after, not immediate date.
But a few weeks after I had to go back to my home country for family matter and couldn't appeared the Court and never came back after that. I was an overseas student and had to quit my study for some reasons.
Since I didn't appeared the Court, I felt very guilty for such incident and my stupid behavior, it was a very big burden for me even now.
I visited US(not Michigan) in 1993 with tourist visa and I didn't have any problem to enter. I was heard that 'shoplifting' wasn't considered for further entry to US, but I still felt scared.
After this visit, I moved to England permanently therefore I got a new passport from my home country for migration purpose passport.
In London, I applied for new tourist visa and time to time, I had chances to visit US to see my friends and relatives.
I've been issued 2 tourist visas under different passports/numbers due to my ciziten country's regulations.
What I would like to find out:
1. How long my record will last?
2. As I didn't appeared to the Court, what happened after that?
3. Do I have to do Expungement to clear the record?
4. What my 'record' will affect for Police Certificate, if I migrate to
US/Canada for background checking?
My problems are:
1. Can't remember whether I've been convicted by guilty, but
clearly no sentense.
2. It has been 15 years since I've done a very stupid/shameful
thing in my life and I'm mentally very irratated and suffering.
3. After return to home from the Court(I think I've got
fingerprinted and picture taken at the Police Station), had an
initial consultation with a lawyer but he said nothing to worry.
just appear to the Court but it became 'runaway' whatever my
From the Court's view, I didn't appeared on the date given.
Please help me to lighten up my big burden, it's my big secret... I am so shamed that I've done that, it was the first time for me to do such a thing! Never after that!
I'm very worrying about the Police Certificate/background checking for my immigration process.
Thanks for reading such a long story....I do appreciate it.
Please kindly advise what should I do... Thank you so much.