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Legal Question: Arrest Record

How do I answer an employment question, “Have you ever been charged with a felony or misdemeanor?” when I have an arrest record for jaywalking and resisting arrest, both of which were discharged?

From your description, the answer would likely be yes. However, your exact circumstances may vary, and there may be options for cleaning up your record further. That being said, many employers expect a very high level of transparency. Disclosure of an arrest that did not not result in a conviction may not necessarily disqualify you from the position. However, if the employer believes you have been dishonest with them, that almost certainly will disqualify you.

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