I was charged for class 1 misdemeanor assault and battery in Arlington, VA, but I managed to get the charge dismissed.
Nothing prevents you from applying for a job.
What makes you think the arrest/charge is going to be expunged?
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You are eligible for expungement of the police and court records if the court found you not guilty or the prosecutor declined to prosecute. Once the expungement order is entered, it takes time for the arrest records to be expunged. If you apply for a job before the records are actually expunged, and you are asked in an application if you were ever arrested, the conservative course of action would be to admit to the charge and state that you were found not guilty (you don't want the arrest to come up in a record check if you state that you have not been arrested). If the mere fact of an arrest is a problem, then wait for the process to be completed. Consult with a local attorney for more information.
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A pending case for expungement or dismissal do not preclude you from seeking employment in general.
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