Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice/opinions on Statutory Disqualification for criminal history on the U-4 form. In 2000 I was charged with a misdemeanor theft, conviced and fined. There was no arrest, and the police officer gave me a "ticket", and I went to court (just like traffic court) and they gave me a fine, etc. I have called compliance officers at different firms and received very different answers. Some firms that are members of the Chicago Exchange said they would not even process my paperwork, and I should try with a NASD member firm. However, what disqualifies me is the 1934 ACT, section 3, paragraph 39, on file with the SEC. So, I don't really understand what exchange memberships have anything to do with it. Other firms have told me that they believe it should be okay, as long as the "dollar amount" was low. I am wondering since this involves "theft, and wrongful taking of property" if this means I have no hope, and am automatically statutorily disqualified, and barred from the securities industry in general. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.