I was caught shoplifting which was charged as Theft 3 as the total was between $100-$200. I am 18. I am here on a green card and hope to maintain/renew and apply for citizenship. I have not yet received a letter from the store/court so I cannot provide maximum information but from what I understand, I will be most likely to get any combination of fines, probation, records, and community service. If not all. I am hoping to achieve a compromise of misdemeanor and get the charge dismissed if I attend a course. Hopefully this means it will not be put on my record. Will having this misdemeanor on my record (for however many years) affect my green card / future citizenship? Will taking the diversion (and perhaps dropping charges/record) affect my green card/future citizenship? Thank you.