I am in the preemployment process to work for a Life Insurance company. I recently had my fingerprints done for a Finra background check and am wondering if dismissed misdemeanors I had over 15 years ago will show? I disclosed two misdemeanor convictions (my understanding is you only have to disclose convictions) for minor in possession of alcohol but did not disclose any dismissed charges. They were not for theft or anything involving money or dishonesty. Will these dismissed charges show up?
Any thorough background check will find information about court cases. Unless your court file is sealed, anyone can go look at the public records. In WA, it would be rare for a criminal law case in adult court to be sealed.
Depending on the questions you were asked, the employer may not like your answer and consider it an attempt to conceal. For example, if the question was "have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of any criminal law violation?", you certainly were charged as you went to court.
These things will likely show up on an FBI report that the broker-dealer obtains. Be sure you are thorough and complete in your Form U4 submission.
The foregoing is not legal advice nor is it in any manner whatsoever meant to create or impute an attorney/client relationship.
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