I have a shoplifting conviction (or other misdemeanor crime conviction). Will that keep me out of the Border Patrol?
Often this depends on the nature and the frequency of the crime. Many times a small misdemeanor offense will not prevent you from serving in federal government service. However, a conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence that prevents you from carrying a firearm – a requirement for a Border Patrol Agent – is a serious issue. Failure to disclose information on your background investigation will definitely prevent you from serving as a Border Patrol Agent. You will be better served by making everything known before the background investigators find problems regarding your background. Problems with bad credit and other possible difficulties in your background should also be disclosed.