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    Question Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    Back in 2009 I was convicted of petty theft. I was wondering if this conviction would disqualify me from becoming a Probation Officer

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    Default Re: Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record

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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    Back in 2009 I was convicted of petty theft. I was wondering if this conviction would disqualify me from becoming a Probation Officer
    A misdemeanor conviction is not an automatic disqualifier pursuant to CA or federal law, but it could give a potential public safety employer HUGE concerns. Theft is a crime of moral turpitude. That is to say that it demonstrates a lack of truthfulness in your character that will have to be overcome by time, achievements, work, and education. Being that it is only 2 years behind you, this is not good. And this theft can be brought up by defense counsel to show that you have a propensity to dishonesty so it could give a potential Probation Department employer some concerns about your ability to effectively do your job.

    Time plus a solid work and education history since the theft will go a good way to mitigating this, but it can be an issue that might prevent your being seriously considered for a few years.
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    Default Re: Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record

    Should I apply of an expungement?

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    Default Re: Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record

    Applying for an expungement will help with other kinds of employment, but when applying for positions associated with the courts or the police, the conviction will still be seen.
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    Default Re: Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record

    While your past offense and record will still be available to a law enforcement employer, and you will be required to reveal it, it might not hurt to try to get it expunged.

    http://www.courts.ca.gov/1070.htm
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    Default Re: Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record

    I had another question will this criminal history stop me from becoming a volunteer probation officer for a county?

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    I had another question will this criminal history stop me from becoming a volunteer probation officer for a county?
    A VOLUNTEER "probation officer?" Never heard of such a thing.

    But, I imagine it would be the same impediment.
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