I was charged with petty theft in July 2009 in California. I was 18 at the time and it was my first offense. I hired a lawyer and the case resulted in a misdemeanor that became reduced to an infraction and the case was dismissed. My understanding is that expungement is an action that I can consider now to help clear my records (I haven't done so yet, but will do this in the near future). However, I have recently received a job offer and the firm should be conducting a background check. I also read somewhere that misdemeanors that are reduced to infractions fall off the grid after 3 years of the case being dismissed. Could someone help my understanding of my case? Would this bar me from employment?
Thanks in advance.Also, I was wondering if it does in fact show up in my records - if it would show up as a misdemeanor although it became an infraction. Thank you.