Are municipal ordinance violations considered crimes for purposes of a job application?

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Are municipal ordinance violations considered crimes for purposes of a job application?

Got an ordinance for possession of alcohol as a minor a year ago. I am supposed to work with the EPA and they need a background check. Will this show up and do I have to say I’ve been convicted of a crime?

Asked on May 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The best way to answer your question is to carefully read the call of it to determine whether or not a municipal ordinance is deemed a crime concerning your job application questionaire.

You need to realize that under the laws of all states in this country, the criminal records of a person that result when he or she is a minor are sealed and cannot be opened absent a court order and after notice to all interested parties concerning it.

Most likely your conviction as a minor for possession of alcohol will not appear in a background check with respect to yourself. As to whether or not you have to state that you were convicted of the crime you have written about is your call.


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