You may be able to enter a diversion program in order to keep the theft offense off your record and allow you to keep receiving unemployment benefits. These programs are available in many counties for first time offenders where the dollar amount of the theft is not excessive. Misdemeanor and felony level offenders are often eligible for diversion. A person who qualifies for the program is required to attend theft offender classes, complete community service, and remain law abiding. Upon completion of the diversion program, the charge against you is dismissed without a conviction.