At the age of 20, in 2006, I was convicted of a class (#?) misdemeanor
- shoplifting. I am quite sure that I was not given a deferred sentence
/conviction, nor was I charged as a minor. I paid all fines and completed the terms of my probation on time, including counseling. Never before, after, nor in the future, of this conviction, have I been in legal trouble. I am an upstanding citizen, I volunteer, I've graduated college, I'm employed, but yet I live in fear every day of how this past and vast lapse in judgement will continue to cripple my life goals and opportunities. I want to teach, but I fear that I will never be able to because of my criminal record
. I believe I deserve a second chance to positively and productively contribute to society and pursue my goals, especially since I was so young and I have no other violations.
It is my understanding that I am not eligible to expunge or seal my record. Do I have any other options? An appeal to be tried as a minor or be given a deferred sentence, so that I can later expunge? Anything?
I am desperate to move on with my life! While this will never leave me (I live in regret, shame, and, on the brighter side, with a heightened level of moral consciousness), I do wish that I could officially put this behind me.
I believe that the criminal justice
system has a responsibility to justice, and I believe that justice, in this case, means punishment, which I receive, BUT also a second fighting chance.
Do I have any options?
I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX time in responding to my inquiry.