If 20 years ago I pled no contest to a felony and now I have to do a fingerprint background check, will that come back as a conviction?

Asked on July 24, 2012 under Criminal Law, Missouri


Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

More than likely that will come back showing you were convicted of a felony during a background check. Although 20 years ago is a while back, most computer background checks are able to retrieve this information. I would advise you seek a criminal expungement of the felony assuming you meet all expungemnt eligibility requirements of your state. This way, this felony will officially be removed from your criminal record.

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