Ok, im 28 years old. I was convicted of theft when i was 22. It was something stupid, no violence or anything like that. I live in nj so im looking to become a firefighter in either NJ or NYC. Will having a record definately keep me from being hired? Is this pointless for me to try?

My life is totally different now, im married with kids, etc. I was just young and stupid. Now I want a future.

Thanks for any advice in advance.