I was charged with drug paraphernalia as a minor when I was 14. Since then I joined the military and did not disclose that information (advised by my recruiter to do so). I had a secret clearance in the military which I served 5 years honorably with no negative marks whatsoever. Im wondering since the military receives so many new members is their background check more lenient than say the FBI/IRS/CIA, which I am considering starting a career in. Thank you for your time. Asking for a friend :)
Lie on a federal job application and plan on losing your job some day in the future when the juvenile charge somehow pops up. No one is likely to care very much, if at all, about a a minor offense committed when the offender was 14 but they will care a lot about a full grown adult intentionally lying about his criminal history. Tell that to your friend.
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Indeed, candor is the prized characteristic of those who receive high clearance after careful investigation. An expunged juvenile record is supposed to be destroyed with only a reference to expungement in its place. DIS often seeks out police reports, agency filings, etc. in search of clues to what may have occurred. Don’t be a Jared; Save them the trouble and disclose.
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No lawyer can tell you either how thoroughly some other person / entity will go in conducting a background check or what such an examination may or may not reveal.
That said, unfortunately, it is probably a safe bet to assume that if you were arrested anytime in the digital age then your criminal record will almost certainly remain with you forever. To some degree or another this is true regardless of whether your ultimately seal or expunge a case. All arrests are matters of public record, and, even if they are subsequently removed from the public record they still remain alive and well in various private records. This is one down-side to technology.
You might want to do your own background check to see what pops up. Forewarned is forearmed. If your prior indiscretion appears then, for better or for worse, you are probably best advised to take the wind out of the sails by admitting your past issues / indiscretions to your present (or potential) employer, lender, landlord, licensing authority, admissions committee, etcetera, rather than waiting for them to find out on their own, but that's a personal, not a legal, decision.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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