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Court Matters: Minor counts on criminal record can haunt for years

August 13, 2013
By Kurt Johnson - District Judge, Fifth Judicial District , The Journal

It seems to me that the majority of people asking to have their records expunged are young people looking for their first "real" job. Too often I find young people in court on relatively minor crimes; theft by shoplifting, underage consumption, etc. Unfortunately these young people often do not consider the long-term consequences of their behaviors. A misdemeanor charge of theft by shoplifting may be quickly resolved with a $200 fine, but it may constantly haunt them by popping up on employment background checks.



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