I was arrested about 5 months ago for possession of small amount of marijuana. The court tested the evidence which came in positive and sentenced me to 1 year probation via conditional discharge.
I have accepted a job offer that begins in a month. I have interned at the company previously and filled out background check papers then, but I have a feeling that they will probably run another background check in a month when I start working.
Will my conditional discharge show up on the background check? The incident happened in NJ. If it does, do you think I should talk to an HR manager (who I'm fairly close to) at the company if they run a background check? I was thinking maybe I could explain the situation to her and I might not lose the job?
Thank you for your help and advice in advance.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I cannot give you advice on how best to handle your employer. The CD will appear on a normal CCH. The discharge itself may or may not be there but the arrest is extremely likely to appear. These entries can be expunged 6 months after the dismissal (completion of the program). That procedure takes about 2 months to get the Order but because of State Police backlog about 2 months more to erase the entries. Call with more information if you like.
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