In Dec of 2007 I was arrested for Resisting Arrest - Disorderly 2C:29-2A(1) and Improper Behavior/Disorderly Conduct 2C:33-2A(1). I hired a very experienced attorney who ended up getting me out of 2C:29-2A(1) (not guilty) and amending the 2C:33-2A(1) to a 4-16.1 which I believe is a municiplaity ordinance violation in Old Bridge. I paid the respected fine of $356 + Court Fees and it has never come up since. I recently requested my disposition inquiry which states AMENDED OFFENSE DESC: Disorderly Conduct and AMENDED OFFENSE: 4-16.2. Here's my question... I just interview with a very large company, their on-line application did not ask about arrest or convictions. When I interviewed it never came up. What will my background check show? How were the charges handled?
If you were arrested the original charges are very likely on your CCH. That will be seen on normal a background check. The dismissal of the 29-2 should be on there also. The conviction for the ordinance may not be on there or it may be. If you are otherwise eligible the 2 year wait on the ordinance has passed and you can expunge the entries. it takes about 6 months to get them off the official records.
I agree with the excellent answer of Attorney Chesser. The only thing I would add is that even with an expungment some employers may still do a thorough enough search to still see the original charges and dispositions.
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I have seen on clients' criminal histories that the charge they were originally arrested for can show up as well as the lesser charge to which they eventually pleaded guilty. In other words, in that scenario, the individual would have an arrest for the original charge but a conviction to only the lesser charge on his or her record. I recommend speaking with an attorney about filing for expungement.
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