Just yesterday I was pulled over for speeding going 60 miles in a 50 zone and I had a pipe. The officer noticed the scent coming off it and proceeded to search my vehicle after my 4th amendment was denied for obvious reasons. I was issued a ticket for both speeding and possession of paraphernalia 152.092. I believe this to be a petty misdemeanor but am not fully sure what that means in terms of my criminal/public records. I have heard many different things such as "it shows", "it doesnt", "Background checks don't look for petty misdemeanors". ect. As for what I have researched already I looked into a program called PreTrial Diversion, tried to find information on expungment after 18 without any luck. I just want to know how to proceed with this situation and what it means with every detailI am 19 and have had an intent to distribute drugs charge when I was 16 for having a gram of marijuana. (not sure if that will affect anything or how I ever got a felony in the first place) I know I am going to be told to hire an attorney but I simply cannot afford one especially after hiked insurance rates and the fines.