I recieved a conditional job offer to pass a background check before I start. I have a class a misdemeanor which resulted in a non conviction that is out of state, 7 years ago. I can't afford to expunge my record right now. The charge was shoplifting and it happened in Illinois.
A background check doesn't have an objective pass or fail like a spelling test. The same background check can "fail" with regard to one business and "pass" with regard to another.
The criminal history background report just lists the facts, and it is within the discretion of the employer whether or not those facts impact their hiring decision. For example, an employer might decide to hire a CONVICTED KILLER who had served his time. I'm sure it would be against the HR policy at many companies and I imagine that an insurance company might not want to write a policy for a business that routinely hired convicted killers... but the owner of the company can make that decision (except perhaps in some government regulated industries.)
So if your preferred employer turns you down then you might need to settle for a less attractive place to work ... but then you owe it to yourself to invest in your future and make it a priority to save up the money for the expunction.
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