If you received a citation for petit theft, went to court and heard your case was dropped, do you have a criminal record?

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If you received a citation for petit theft, went to court and heard your case was dropped, do you have a criminal record?

I did a background check on myself and that is when I learned of the petit theft and that the case was disposed. I would like to know what all this means.

Asked on June 26, 2014 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Since your case was dismissed (dropped), you don't have a criminal record because you were not convicted.

The case could have been dismissed for various reasons such as insufficient evidence.  The prosecutor has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction.


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