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Does a Class A misdemeanor show up on a background check?

Crystal Lake, IL |

I received a class A misdemeanor for reckless conduct and judgement was withheld pending supervision ... will this show up if an employer runs a background check?

Attorney Answers 4


  1. Generally all arrests, citations, convictions show up on back ground checks. If you were never convicted, it will probably show an arrest and charge but no conviction


  2. Any arrest and a misdemeanor will show up on a background check. Look into expunging your record if you are eligible (received a supervision five years ago or charges were SOL or dismissed).

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  3. A misdemeanor will most likely will show up on a "background check".

    Look into what options you may to expunge.

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  4. Unfortunately, even though supervision is technically a non-conviction, the arrest and case (including your conditional plea of guilty to supervision) will generally show up on any background check besides one from the Illinois State Police. It is also most likely easily accessible either via the Internet or the clerk's computer at the courthouse.
    And, although supervision means you have not been convicted of any offense, as a job application may ask you, many employers either do not know the difference or do not care. Employment discrimination based upon something you were not convicted of may be illegal, but chances are you will never know if that is the reason - unless your employer tells you. It's a bad system, but at least you can clear it up after a few years. I still recommend taking an offer of supervision in the majority of cases if applicable, especially for something like reckless conduct, which isn't necessarily a deal-breaker with jobs. If it were something like retail theft, it would be a different story. I recommend consulting an experienced expungement attorney. My office files hundreds of expungement/sealing petitions every year and offers free consultations. Click on the link below for detailed expungement information on our website.
    Once you have completed your supervision satisfactorily, you may file a petition to expunge your record after 2 years. Looks like you may want to look into it once you are finished with that 2 year waiting period.

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