What to do if a misdemeanor charge showed up even after it had been reduced to an infraction of petty theft?

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What to do if a misdemeanor charge showed up even after it had been reduced to an infraction of petty theft?

I recently applied for employment with a government agency through a hiring agency. Long story short they ran a background check and a misdemeanor charged showed up even after it had been reduced to an infraction of petty theft? Will this eliminate my chances of finding work in the government field? Even after I paid my fines?

Asked on December 26, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Because it's a theft offense (regardless of the level), any employer is going to be leary about hiring you.  It is what is considered a "crime of moral turpitude." How much it will affect you will depend on the employer (government or otherwise).  Considering that it was reduced to an infraction, some will not exclude you from employment.  Other agencies will exclude you... even after you have paid your fine.  However, you are not without relief.  Because it's just an infraction, you'll have a better shot at expunction.  Talk to a criminal attorney that has handled expunctions before.  Even though it will cost you a bit, it's not usually as expensive as other types of suit.  However, regardless of the initial cost, it really is an investment that you should consider to clear your record and preserve all of your employment options.   


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