Got a Direct Complaint filed against me for Felony possession of marijuana, sent certified didnt get it, court issued warrant, applied for Job and found out about warrant. I contacted court got a new court date, appeared was fingerprinted and was appointed a public defender. Being fingerprinted caused DPS to suspend my fingerprint card, lost my job and have applied several places since and cant get a job because my background comes back "bad". I didnt plead guilty to possession as I was not guilty of it. The Public defender didnt believe my story and said he had three officers that said it was me, BUT he would offer me TASK and drop the felony charge. I understand that it will be dropped once TASK is completed, What can I do about my background until the felony is off
You must complete the TASC Program (if that is your decision to enter into it) before your charge will be dismissed. During this time period, any private database check on your name may reveal an active charge and/or conviction for the marijuna possession. Numerous private databases who sell, store and publish personal information do not investigate the accuracy of the content. You may want to obtain a second legal opinion if you have concerns with respect to pleading guilty and/or entering TASC. Good Luck. Hopefully simple possession of marijuana will be legal in the state in the near future aside from a medical marijuana license.
I agree with Mr. Gaxiola in that there is nothing that you can do to completely remove the warrant/charge from your record. Even if you are to enter into and complete TASK successfully, agencies will still be able to obtain information that you were involved in the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, most employers will stop at that point and will not be interested in the explanation behind the background check. Discuss the issue with the public defender to make the most educated decision on what to do. Good luck.
Only if you compete TASC will your charge be dismissed. The arrest will always appear. There is nothing that can really be done about that unless you can prove it was an unlawful arrest.
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