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    Default Background questions...Misdemeanor

    I was involved at age 16 in a vehicular hit and run, which became a misdemeanor on my juvenile record. It was something stupid, as I freaked out and didn't know how to handle the situation...just being a stupid kid. I have since had the misdemeanor expunged.

    I imagine that upon applying I should still notify the recruiters that this happened. Or is that not necessary considering that it was a misdemeanor and also that it was expunged?

    With the misdemeanor came 2 points on my DMV record that wont be released until 2014. Is this something that will have a negative effect on getting hired?

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    "NOT" telling them during a background will have a negative effect on you getting hired. There is no such thing and a seal or expunged file. There is always a paper trail and a good Background Investigator will find it.
    Jay Dudley
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    Taken directly from the Department of Justice (DOJ) background packet:

    There are very few automatic bases for rejection. Even issues of prior misconduct, such as prior illegal drug use, driving under the influence, theft or even arrest or conviction are usually not, in and of themselves, automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements or omissions can and often will result in your application being rejected, regardless
    of the nature or reason for the misstatements/omissions. In fact, the number one reason individuals “fail” background investigations is because they deliberately withhold or misrepresent job-relevant information from their prospective employer.
    BOTTOM LINE: Be as complete, honest and specific as possible in your responses.

    Paul Lepore
    Battalion Chief

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