So my Guardian does not want me to complete the Diversion program and wants me to go in front of a judge. So what usually happens for minors with petty theft?
Unless you are not guilty of the petit theft and your lawyer tells you there is no way you can lose at trial you need to do the diversion program. Once that is completed successfully you can expunge the charge off your record. A theft is one of the worst charges that can show up in a background check. LISTEN TO YOUR LAWYER. Your guardian has absolutely no say in this. And don't let some idiot tell you just to enter a no contest plea, because that has exactly the same effect as a guilty plea. If you do enter a plea and adjudication is withheld you may be able to seal your record once the case is over.
Your Guardian's judgment is likely askew.
You should seriously consider acting in your own self-interest.
Successful completion of diversion results in a dismissal (which is the best possible outcome of a criminal case, parallel to an acquittal); withdrawing from the program subjects you to a finding of guilt.
This is a no brainer.
Respectfully, absent the most extraordinary of circumstances (which may exist... obviously I do not presume to know) your Guardian is likely off base.
My advise: Find out the "why" of your Guardian's thought process and, regardless, act in your own self-interest (seriously consider remaining in and successfully completing diversion)..
Wishing you good judgment and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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