There are people who have made some minor mistakes and have still been accepted into a law enforcement agency. Petit theft may or may not impact your ability to get a job in law enforcement. On one hand it is a very minor offense but on the other it is considered a crime of dishonesty. There is no way to say conclusively what it will do.
This is not to be considered legal advice nor does an attorney-client relationship exist.
Generally, yes. I personally know 2 deputies who had a petit theft charge when they were younger and are no law enforcement officers. You will need to explain what happened & qualify in all other aspects. I'm sure that this 1 mistake will not prevent you from a successful future in your chosen career. Good luck!
Karen J Tufte
Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
Follow your dreams . Both the military and law enforcement should not be closed based on one minor mistake. Hell, there are lawyers with a whole lot worse on their records.
It wouldn't hurt to get the record sealed but even doing that won't hide it from law enforcement or the military.