I just turned 18 and got charged with a petty theft misdemeanor, my first time, and was not offered a PTI, why not? I want to try to get it off my record but I don’t know what else to do, I’m planning on joining the military as a nurse(just about to get out of high school) and I'm scared this will affect my future.
I cannot tell you the why of things.
If you had a lawyer then you probably would do better than on your own.
If you want to deal with your case on any level then you should hire counsel.
There is a solid reason for Abe Lincoln's age old quote that "he who represents himself has a fool for a client". Please do not be that fool. My advise is firm: Hire a lawyer.
Wishing you good judgment, luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Petty theft charge will affect your future. Why you weren't offered PTI I don't know but can only guess it had something to do with not hiring a lawyer to represent you. If that is true you can consult a lawyer regarding post conviction relief.
If you received a withhold of adjudication you may be eligible for sealing the charge through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. But this is a tedious process which takes months and you will want a lawyer to assist you. Had you been offered PTI and successfully completed the program, you would have received an administrative nolle prosequi (dismissal) and been eligible for an expunction rather than a seal.
How this will affect your chances of acceptance in serving in the U.S. Armed Services, is a question for a recruitment officer. How you handle this is up to you.
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