Thanks to all who have posted such good advice on this forum. I have been perusing all morning.
I have recently been charged by a store with a Misdemeanor - Retail Fraud - 3rd degree (shoplifting less than $200), in Michigan.
Police were called and I have a court date scheduled in two weeks.
I am starting a new job on Monday. I have already completed and passed the background check (this is the first time I have shoplifted, or done anything illegal, for that matter).
I plan on contacting an attorney to represent me on Monday. If I am found guilty and charged with the misdemeanor - or, even if I am able to participate in the diversion program (which is available in the county where I was charged) - will my employer be notified? I realize that a guilty charge will become a matter of public knowledge; but ...
I wonder what the likelihood is of the store, or the court, contacting my new employer directly - to inform them that I am a criminal.
I am very concerned about this and apologize in advance for asking such a basic question; but I have never been involved in the court system in any way.