Does a guilty plea show up on a background check?

Asked over 1 year ago - Berwyn, IL

I've had backgroud checks done before. I've worked at a couple different banks. Only denied once. I need to know how I should answer this question? My shoplifting arrest shows up. But it was dismissed. I took a shoplifting class and told it was expunged. This was almost 10 years ago. Do I need to answer yes to "have you plead guilty?"

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  1. Judy A. Goldstein

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . You need to answer the question honestly.

  2. Charles Shinkle Watson

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . Regardless of whether or not the background would show your plea, it is usually best to answer the question honestly.
    You should probably check with criminal attorney in the jurisdiction where you pled guilty, as to the legal effect of the expungement. Some states equate expungement with not pleading guilty and never having been arrested; other states do not. It is the legal effect and treatment in the subject jurisdiction that matters the most.
    I would make that consultation, and then consult with an employment attorney. Good luck!

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