tracy brendan
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I did something stupid when I was much younger. And now have the opportunity to have my dream job. They are doing an extensive background search and am so scared i will lose the job!! Any thoughts or help would be grateful!!

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tonia ramsey

I see a lot of people. Give you some good idea i think u can get a old mistake. U made seal as ling as you been a good girl from then hope it works out for you good hope luck runs out lml

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Richard Wagner

Generally, most employers only go back from five to seven years. If they go back further, there is nothing you can do to hide it. Even if you pay a lawyer to have your case record sealed and are successful with it, there is still no guarantee that it won't show up on a background check. Background check companies harvest the public records across the country and may already have that information on their servers. Therefore, it may be a waste of time and money.

In addition, not every employer does a nationwide, NCIC check or FBI check. If you are no longer living in the same state you may sometimes be fine. It depends on what information you give the employer.

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Joan Zarate

I had a similar case like that about six months ago in Florida. I applied for a job and I didn't get it and I didn't know why so I called them. They stated that 30 years ago I had an argument with this person and it's still on my record for 30 years and I never even knew about it. This issue prevented me from working for 6 months, I had to go through a lot of red tape just to get it erased it was a nightmare .I left Florida and I'll never go back there again, they have very strict laws for people that have records past or present.

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Karen Solomon

It's illegal to go back so far..a lot of people don't know this but background checks supposed to be based on the fair credit reporting act.. meaning that however far they go back to check credit..means that how far they can do a background check... look it up

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Michael Keister

If this is a background investigation for a security clearance with the federal government, then I highly recommend that you complete all forms truthfully and conduct yourself during all interviews with equal candor. Where security clearances are concerned, the rule of thumb is that nothing you admit to will be used against you. Whether that's actually true or not, I don't know. Personally, based on conversations I've had with local law enforcement officers, I don't think that's entirely true. I was told that if you ever admitted to taking any hard drug (cocaine, heroin, PCP, crystal meth, etc.), even if only once, you would never wear a badge in Virginia. So in reality there are some transgressions which aren't pardonable. I suspect the same is true for government positions requiring security clearances, but I am willing to admit that I'm not certain. At any rate, the best advice I can offer, based on anecdotal experience, is to admit the truth. Even if you did manage to slip a youthful indiscretion or a lapse in judgement past the investigators, you can't be certain that it won't be uncovered in the future during a follow-up investigation and if it does, that's when things get nasty...we're talking about falsifying a federal document which can result in criminal proceedings. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be able to sleep at night wondering when or if the issue would ever crop up, so just tell the truth. After all, what have you to lose? If you tell the truth, you either get the job or you don't. If you lie, you either get the job or you don't. But if you DO lie and you DO get the job, you're sitting on a ticking time-bomb waiting for it to go off.

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Tramel Freeman

Always can get an expungment...i was in the same boat amd got my record expunged

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Deishawn Walker

I was once in that boat so I'm talking from experience....I. the state of ny you can not get your records expunged..but you can get them sealed...if you record is sealed no one can see it expect law enforcement or any thing involveing kids or schools.. idk what anyone else is telling you but I was arrested for a felony when I was a kid my records are sealed and I worked for an airport where I got top security clearance...I've had a fed job and I'm bonded which means fingerprinted....because I had like I said a government job....

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Teresa Robertson

I'm in the same boat as you sweetie don't worry they only go back 7 years I think, all will work out way is suppose to Good Luck..

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James Page

My understanding, and I could be mistaken, is that most companies don't even ask about felonies or "scrapes with the law" that are 7 to 10 years old. In Oregon, they can't even ask on the application if you've been convicted of a felony EVER, thanks to the "Ban the Box" law here... Hope that helps

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frederick brice

From my understanding, well at least here in California, anything done before you were 18 gets sealed. Now does this job require some sort of security clearance ( S, TS/TSI)? If so, you might get a chance to explain what happened.

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