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Do i have to mark yes on a job application if asked have i ever been arrested or convicted, if i was given an ACD & disposition?

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do i have to mark yes on a job application if asked have i ever been arrested or convicted, if i was given an ACD & disposition? My case is scheduled to be sealed on march 20th of this year, in about two months, is an ACD an open case that has to be stated on a job application?

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  1. Yes---it has to be mentioned.

    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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  2. Were you arrested or just given a pink summons? If you were arrested then the truthful answer is YES.

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  3. An ACD is not a conviction of any kind. Until the case is actually sealed, the case is an open public record and anyone, including prospective employers, can see the pending charges. Whether you were arrested depends on what happened that led to the charge you received the ACD for. It is possible to get an ACD on a pink summons which is not an arrest. Check out my guide to understanding the ACD in New York that I wrote for this site.

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  4. Arrested - Yes
    Convicted - No

    If applying for a municipal or law enforcement job, you should be fully forthcoming because they will have the information relating to the ACD.

    If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore, NY 11710 Telephone -516.512.6333 Email - Jgold@goldbenes.com


  5. Read the job application carefully. The question is 99% of the time for most jobs (except, for instance law enforcement) whether you have been CONVICTED OF A CRIME (that is, a felony or misdemeanor for which the sentence can be more than 15 days in prison, not a violation such as disorderly conduct or traffic infraction).

    In the case of an ACOD, the charge will be dismissed after the probationary period, in which case you will have NOT been convicted.


  6. You can honestly answer no to a question about conviction but yes to question about arrest. If you are applying for law enforcement jobs, you should say yes all around because they can see it even if it is sealed.

    Hire an attorney today to protect your legal rights.

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