What information do I need to reveal to the school district for my criminal security check?

When I was 16 years old (2001), I was arrested for underage drinking. I pleaded no contest and had my license suspended for 6 months (did not actually have license at time). I am now filling out a security form to be hired as a teacher in Palm Beach County, and they ask if I have ever (in capital letters) had my license suspended or if I have ever pleaded no contest. Does a misdemeanor as a minor count? I ran a background check and could find no record of this case. Do I answer yes to these questions?

Asked on July 22, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

This is a tough question to answer.  You may need to ask the advice of an employment attorney in Florida.  Generally your answer to the question will be based upon how the question is worded.  They way that you are stating the question here leads me to believe that you will have to answer "yes" and attach something explaining what happened.  What is obvious is that you can not lie.  And if the wording is such as to give you pause then you probably know what you need to say.  "No contest" means that you are not pleading guilty but it also means that you do not refute the charges.  Good luck.


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