Will my fingerprints show up from a diversion program if a company fingerprints me for a background check?

About 3 years ago I was caught shoplifting. The cops were called (I was not handcuffed or brought to jail) but all he did was give me a yellow paper with a court date on it. I only stole about $40 worth of merchandise so the judge allowed me to do a diversion program, which I completed but I had to go get “booked” at the police station. I want to apply to a major corporation but they do fingerprints as part of their background check.

Asked on December 2, 2013 under Criminal Law, California


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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If a company fingerprints you for a background check and assuming you have been arrested for a criminal offense where you are on a diversion program, your prior offense will appear regardless if fingerprints are taken of you or not. I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney about sealing your criminal file after you complete your diversion program. One in your locality can be found on attorneypages.com.

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