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Will PTI show up on a background check for the NJ Health Dept for EMS / Paramedic application for a request for certification?

Rockaway, NJ |

Upon returning from Iraq, I had some issues with alcohol and was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and public intoxication. I received PTI and successfully completed the program in Columbia SC where the incident happened. I have yet to pay the fee to have it expunged due to tight finances. I recently applied to have my EMT-B cert updated to NJ and the question on the app was not only if i was convicted of the crime but also if i have ever done a diversionary program / pti etc. Do I have to disclose the fact that I did PTI ?? Especially since I thought the point of the program was to look as it never happened.

Attorney Answers 1


Good rule of thumb - don't lie on applications or background checks. It never ends well.

More to the point, you need to disclose that you were part of a PTI program, and that you successfully completed that program. The issue isn't so much that you had an alcohol-related issue in the past, it's that you took responsibility for it and have made better choices since that time.

In the meantime, you should hire an SC attorney to expunge that arrest.

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