When I was 16 I was caught shoplifting and went through diversion to "get it off my record" I am now 21 and my background checks have always came back okay. But I need to do a finger print test and I am worried it will still show up on that.
If you were arrested and fingerprinted, those can be maintained by AFIS in Nebraska. Because of the diversion, the arrest should have been expunged from your record, as you say. However the fingerprints may still be in the system. This is not advice for your situation, but when clients ask me about reporting past crimes on job applications, I generally tell them to be truthful. If an application asks for all convictions of crimes, a person need only report actual convictions of crimes. If an application asks for arrest history, a person places themselves in a dicey situation by lying. Many employers are understanding that the passage of time and growth in maturity takes place in the transition from youth to adulthood. Employers are less understanding if they later discover an employee lied on a job application.
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The answer might depend on whether you were fingerprinted when you were 16.
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