I'm back in the job market for the first time in a while. I'm in the medical field and most employers do background checks. I was convicted of a misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license. To try & keep this brief, I never received a ticket in the mail (which was for toll violations) and the ticket got sent to collections. After paying the ticket, when it was time to renew my tag...I find out it is suspended due to paying a fraudulent collection company. Two days after my birthday (when the tag expires), 3 days after discovering this, I got pulled over for expired tag. I was not arrested. With all the evidence of the fraud, the state's attorney wouldn't drop the charges. My attorney advised me to plead guilty & I did. Now I'm curious if this will come up on a background check. I'm willing to explain if asked. Several apps ask if convicted of anything other than minor traffic violations. Not sure if I should mention it unless asked or how it will be perceived. Any advice?
This is not a minor traffic charge; it is a criminal traffic charge. It will show up on a background check, but if you disclose it I cannot imagine that it would keep you from getting a job. If you did not know your license was suspended you should never have pled to the charge, but if you were driving 3 days after finding out your license was suspended you actually were guilty of the charge. You should disclose this on applications and explain the circumstances.
With all of the things it sounds like went wrong, I would hope your lawyer didnt advised you to plead guilty, but instead to plead no contest. If so, it is possible, and probably likely, that the Judge "withheld adjudication," which means you still got the fine or whatever punishment goes with it, but not a technical "conviction" on your record. I would try to contact your former attorney and see if he has this information. You may also be able to find this information on the Clerk's website where your case was held. Without this information, its hard to give a better explanation. Usually the "minor traffic violations" they are speaking of are non-criminal things like speeding or moving violations. This wouldnt fall into that category, but again, if adjudication was withheld, then no, technically you have not been convicted, but that does not mean it wont show up on a background check. Try to find out this information on adjudication vs. withheld adjudication, then use your best judgment from there in completing applications. From my own personal experience, it is better to be overly cautious and disclose things rather than try to hide them and have to explain it later. But again, thats just personal experience and not necessarily advice to you. Good luck.
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A criminal conviction will most likely show up in a background check. Check out this website regarding seal and expunge: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Seal-and-Expunge-Process/Seal-and-Expunge-Home.aspx You should disclose the traffic conviction.
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A misdemeanor is not a minor traffic infraction. Yes it will show on a background check. If you handled the matter on your own, you might want to call a local traffic attorney to see about having the disposition amended to an infraction. No guarantee that they can but make the call.
Wishing you good luck
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