How do I answer a question on a job application, “If I have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor”?

I have a felony from 4 years ago. I remember that the public defender had old me that for jobs that charge wouldn’t appear. how do I know if that is true? Should I answer the question with a “No”?

Asked on September 20, 2013 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

I think that the Public Defender may have been incorrect but the best way for you to know if a charge appears on your background check is to run one yourself.  That being said, I think that honesty is the best polcy and you should be truthful in your answers.  Good luck.

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

I think that the Public Defender may have been incorrect but the best way for you to know if a charge appears on your background check is to run one yourself.  That being said, I think that honesty is the best polcy and you should be truthful in your answers.  Good luck.


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