I've been a permanent resident since 08/2001. In Oct 2011 I was arrested and convicted of shoplifting. I was charged a $350 fine and that's it. I'll be getting married in Oct 2012 and want to become a citizen ASAP. I read somewhere that first CMT conviction with max sentence of less then a year jail time does not bar the person from naturalization. Is that true? Or do I have to wait for three years after marriage before applying? And in the meantime, will this conviction affect my green card renewal, since I would have to get new card after my name changes?