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Will I be denied to take Series 7, if I have a past conviction of 'misdemeanor of disorderly conduct' that is expunged?

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I was convicted of 'midemeanor of disorderly conduct' over 10 years ago, and that charge was expunged over 7 years ago. I currently work at an investment bank and the fact that my background check came clean means nothing came up on my criminal background check. However, I am asked to take the Series & (not mandatory) which will help my career. I would like to take it without my investment bank knowing about my prior conviction. Please advise.

I was convicted in the state of New Jersey and I work as a middle office analyst (project management) at an investment bank in NYC (since past 3 years). I spoke to FINRA (that governs the Series 7 exam) today, and they stated that if the conviction was 10 years ago, and the misdemeanor was expunged thereafter then it will not show up when they run the fingerprints.

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You should consult a NJ attorney since, as the other attorneys point out, the law differs in NY. You should also consult the licensing authority in your field to see if you are pre-empted from the Series 7 license/certification if you have such a conviction.

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This did not happen in NY so re-post wherever it occurred and also add employment. There is no misdemeanor disorderly conduct in NY, nor is there expungement in NY.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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In New York Disorderly Conduct is a violation, not a crime. New York does not exunge.

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.Post in your state, this is not a NY issue.