I went to court today for petty theft (my record was clean prior to this) & i asked for a public defender & it was so hectic.. i didn't even get a chance to properly talk to her.. in fact i found out she was my pd and not some paralegal working there when she told me the da was offerring me a deal. Anyways I was so scared/nervous i took it.. but from all of my research it did seem like a good deal. Basically, i will need to take a shop lifting class within 6 months, and then have a court date in may to show my certification of completion. when the judge addressed me he stated that as long as i don't get into trouble AND complete my class, "my case will be dismissed".. his exact words. does this mean my record will be clean again??also, i asked the PD who stated "yes i'll be clean" but didn't have time to throughly answer... so does this mean if i apply for a bank i'll pass their background check? & if i apply for a nursing license (i'm in the nursing program) i'll have no problems because i'm cleared? please clarify!!