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Applying for jobs with a record

Years ago, I got a felony theft charge,
after my classes, community service,
etc. I got it reduced to a misdemeanor.
It officially shows as a misdemeanor.
When I apply for a job and it asks if I
was ever convicted for a felony, do i
say no? I was, but my record says it’s
not a felony. Very confused on how I
answer this question.
Thanks

Asked on May 10, 2018 under Criminal Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The answer is, if (as your question implies) you were initially convicted of a felony but it was later, after conviction, reduced to a misdemeanor, you were in fact convicted of a felony and technically should answer this question "yes." The question is asking about the conviction, not the later disposition of the case post-conviction. Of course, if it shows as a misdemeanor on your record, then if you were to lie and say "no," it may well be that no one would discover your incorrect answer as a practical matter.
If the charge was changed to a misdemeanor before conviction, then the answer is "no'--again the issue is what were you *convicted* of, no initially charged with.


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