I have been charged with shoplifting first offense. The amount is less than $100. I know that I have a good chance in getting into the PTD program but I have a concern about that. I believe that somehow I would be admitting guilt if I accept getting into this program and it may affect my future if I need to get a top secret security clearance. I have a graduate degree and military experience and want to apply for a job that requires a security clearance. I understand that I do not have to plead guilty, but I have to complete some requirements in order to get the charge dismissed. Would employers take the PTD as I was guilty? I also understand that I can expunge my charge after is dismissed with the PTD but I will have to reveal it anyways and they will see it if I do not. I am a little confused here and do not know what would be best for me.
Yes. Federal security clearances look at arrests, not just convictions. So, it's entirely possible that this arrest could effect your clearance level. Nonetheless, complete the PTD and then expunge the arrest. You'll still need to disclose it on your security clearance application.
As has been mentioned, you would report this on your SF86. It will be considered. How it will affect your clearance we cannot tell you. We don't know what's in your past as the adjudicators look at the whole person concept....
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Yes, this can affect you, and that might be so even if you take it to trial and win.
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