Thank you, amberbunny.
To address your questions, "what is the underlying drive to fighting"? With all honesty, none of these were situations I started. If anything, I could say that I may have handled the underlying issue poorly, and I have come to realize that. To be clear, there have only been three incidents, where the third incident ended up being two charges (attempted theft and 2nd degree assault). My post would be much longer if I got into details, but the third incident I did not know any other way I could have handled it as I overreacted out of fear. The assault was more of accidentally placing the person in harm as opposed to me directly trying to harm the person. Again, I could have thought of ways to better handle that situation but in the instance of seconds, it was hard to figure it out at the given time. Looking back, I totally could have developed ways to avoid it. The previous two incidents; the first one, my roommate put me in fear where I had to defend myself after he came back one day drunk and started approaching me and shouting at me as I was doing work. The judge dropped the charge and saw it as self defense. The second incident, which was a sour boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, ended on bad turf where she "felt" to be in danger after she was aware that I found out she was cheating. The fact that I lived 4 hours away from her and she executes a protective order because she "felt" in danger, never justified that she actually "was" in danger, which would be the basis for carrying out a protective order. As a result, the judge rescinded the order since she claimed only that I harassed her, but did not have evidence that I showed violence, forced her into anything or threatened her.
My age: At the time of the first incident I was 19. Second incident happened at 23, and third incident happened at 25. I am now trailing my 30s.
Yes I have changed my ways since the January 2014 incident. I got my masters degree, got a county community award, got two annual performance reviews that were above expectations, got a promotion, did community service, etc. For the incidents, I had to do unsupervised probation from August 2014-August 2015 and no violations were made during that time (I read somewhere that probation is a form of rehabilitation). The PBJ expungement will be eligible next year off of my record. As I said, I have not had any other criminal activity since then, and the accolades I listed all occurred from January 2014, onward. My worry is wondering to what extent will the adjudicators actually see that I have made those strides to make positive life changes, and will it outweigh the negative incidents from the past without me having to waste more time appealing and answering a SOR as I am patiently awaiting to be assigned to a new job, and so is my new boss.
I feel like during my interview with the investigator, we did not spend much time on it or discussing mitigation, but upon being asked, I did go into relative detail, and I provide him with a hard-copy document discussing the issues and what I have done to mitigate them to help in his investigative reporting. I just hope it helps and is enough. I will certainly do what you have said. I feel like I truly worked my tail off to mitigate the issues, but as my security clearance now sits in adjudications as we speak (3 weeks now), it has me overly concerned of a revocation despite mitigation and change in lifestyle.