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Arrest Record, Background Check, Wrong name!

New York, NY |

I was arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor charge in NYC last year. But when I was arrested, police filed my name wrong on record. For example, if my name was Alexander Miller, the police put my name as Alxander Miller (missed one letter in my first name) and the same wrong name went to court files as well (in my disposition letter, its also the wrong name). So, my question is, if someone does my background check from my full name, will they be able to see anything in record? Or since the arrest and court records have different name, they wont be able to see anything from my original name?

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If they do a fingerprint check it will show up. If they do a check by name and date of birth it is so close that it will likely show up.

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At the time of your arrest, or at least before arraignment, you were fingerprinted. Your rap sheet contains information other than the name you were prosecuted under. It has your address, your date of birth, and your social security information. I believe that any decent researcher seeking your criminal history will find it. Let's hope that they do not further ostracize you because of your use of another name.


I agree with my colleagues. It can still show up.

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