How do I answer an employment application if I had a UI a few years ago?

I went through classes, paid a fine, etc. and my lawyer told me I could answer no if an application asked if I was convicted of a felony. I have a work application asking if I was ever arrested or indicted for a felony. Do I have to answer yes to that?

Asked on December 9, 2013 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

The issue is whether it was a felony that you were charged with; if the UI was a felony, then even if you ultimately only had to do classes, pay a fine, etc. (i.e. no jail time), then you'd have to truthfully answer that yes, you were indicted of a felony. If the charge was not a felony offense, then you can truthfully say no, you never were. So the key is what the charge had been, not what the outcome was, since regardless of the outcome, you were indicted of the original charge.


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