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Can someone help me re: a Calif. criminal 'citation'?

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3+ years ago, after an extremely bad day, I apparently lost my mind totally, and shoplifted a few (under $50. worth)items from the grocery. Upon getting caught, I hired a lawyer, and we pled 'no contest' to a lesser degree resulting in a 'citation' (?) My lawyer explained this is similar to a traffic ticket. I paid the court fine, and an outrageous amount demanded by the store; and am now wondering how (& if) a 40+ upstanding citizen can get this off my record. ?? If an employment application asks "convicted of a crime?" is this a yes? (and if it can be expunged-is it still a yes?-does this mean everyone who pays a traffic ticket instead of fighting it has a criminal record?) What about being 'bonded'? Years ago I was 'bonded' for a job, and now wonder what I put when a job application asks if bondable?? Can anyone give me suggestions/directions on whether I can ( and if so HOW) go about getting this mess off my record?? I sure hope so.

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