Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 4 weeks ago

When it comes to employment related background checks, is an arrest just as bad as a conviction?

Your record, if you have one, contains two segments: The arrest segment and the disposition segment.

If you were arrested but not convicted, there will be a footnote underneath that says something to the effect of:

"This person was not convicted and should be considered innocent."

However, what are the odds the prospective employer is going to read that far, or care if they do?

Living wage job openings tend to have a high number of applicants in the best of economies, so employers can afford to be picky.

Seeing how most applicants won't even have an arrest to their name, is it likely most employers will stop reading at the word "arrest" and throw your application away?

4 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    You are very wrong thinking that there is a footnote that says that you are innocent.  Not guilty can also mean that there was not enough evidence to convict.  In answer to your question, no, an arrest is not as bad as a conviction, although with an outstanding arrest, you are not likely to be hired, until you are either convicted or found not guilty, or if the case is dismissed.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience.
  • 4 weeks ago

    That depends on the employer.

  • Ken S
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Have the record expunged.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Friend if you have a criminal background that shows a lot of arrests but no convictions get your record expunged you're eligible to have your record expunged if you have no convictions

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