This involves the state of California.
I was given a ticket to appear in court by the police for "Petty theft - Misdemeanor" but I was not booked (no fingerprinting, no mugshot). I was wondering how likely this record could be found? Was I really arrested? It is my understanding that without being booked, there is only a possible record in my county as opposed to it being statewide.
Moreover, I was recently urged by my public defender to plead guilty to the reduced charge of "infraction." He informed me that this would never show up in a background check, even for licensing. Can anyone confirm this? I am aware that such an infraction is not considered criminal in my state though.