Before I start, I would appreciate it if people would be informative of the matter and not be complete jerks about what I have to say in this. I will admit that the actions I made were childish, and that I have learned my lesson.
Last night, I went to a near by Wal Mart in Norman, Oklahoma and shoplifted. I walked out of the store with a back pack and your basic school supplies ( I know, it's stupid and I'll be the first to admit that ). I got to my van when suddenly, two security guards are standing right beside my van telling me to get out. I'm not the one that wants to make a situation any worse than it already is, so I did as they told me. I proceded into their security room where I sat there for nearly an hour. Nothing happens. They fill out a bunch of paper work and never informed me of what it was exactly they were doing. The only thing I was aware of was my signing of a piece of paper stating I would never go back to that Wal Mart again. A policeman comes, and I figured he was just filling out information. But soon, I was handcuffed, and sent to the local county jail. That whole time, I had no idea what was being processed and what was going to happen to me. A friend of mine was able to bail me out, and the next day I took care of this matter. Since I know I wouldn't have a chance in hell of winning this case, I asked if there was a way I could plead guilty and pay the fine instead of going through court and going through that business. The clerk lady said if I had the receit that my friend received upon bailing me, I could forfeit the bond and not have to pay anything else. So from what I am aware as far as what I have been told, I showed the receipt, they cancelled the court date, and that was that. No additional fines or anything.
I then asked about the misdemeanor on my record and how long it would stay, because I was told by the police officer that since it was my first offense, it would come off within a couple of months, stating it was just like a speeding ticket ( since it was basically a city charge ), but the clerk lady said it would be on there forever..
Now prior to this, I have a pretty clean record aside from a few speeding tickets ( nothing major ). I'm 21 years old. Is there anyway to seal this ( for employment purposes ), or am I just ****ed and there's nothing I can do?