Re: Becoming a Probation Officer With a Criminal Record
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.
A Nor Cal Police Sergeant
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... and a croissant!"
Walk humbly with your God
-- Courageous, by Casting Crowns