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New York City Civil Service Job Disqualification

Bronx, NY |

NYC Department of Investigation criminal investigatory/history questionnaire asked: "Have you ever been convicted of an offense in any jurisdiction? You must include all offenses, including any offense involving driving while intoxicated or while ability is impaired (or the equivalent in other states)." It further explains that "offenses include felonies, misdemeanors, and violations..." However, the questionnaire is very confusing as it further states that you do not have to disclose any material sealed, expunged, or set aside under federal or state law, or any juvenile delinquent or youth offender adjudication..." I was once arrested for shoplifting and got convicted for violation, which was sealed under NYSPL 160.55. Do I have to disclose it even though it has been sealed.

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You need not include that in your response as it was a sealed offense.

The advice I have given does not bind the parties in any manner and is merely given as a courtesy.



That was helpful, thank you very much.


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Your question contains the answer. You do not need to disclise sealed material.