I have a petty theft infraction on my record from 2009. I am not applying for law schools, will this affect my chances. Since then I have worked in retail and was a store manager for 3 years.
It should not prevent you from getting into law schools. However, it may create hurdles for passing the Moral Character Exam for admission into the Bar. Theft is a moral turpitude crime that the State Bar feels it must protect the public from someone with such a record. Demonstrating your changes can help you overcome that view.
No you should be fine. Enough time has passed that even a conviction of a misdemeanor probably wouldn’t matter . Just be honest in your moral app
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