Can I still get a job in IT?

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Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:18 PM

I'm 22 years old and want to work in IT as a software engineer. Back when I was 20 I was arrested for a misdemeanor. Long story short I never got convicted and I did this program and ended up getting my charge dropped and expunged. I was wondering can I still get a job as a software engineer or am I barred from that career field?
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:18 PM

Where do you live.. as in country/state/etc?

It is possible that may throw an understanding wrench in "charge dropped and expunged".
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:26 PM

United States born and raised. Also I'm from South Carolina why you ask?
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:30 PM

Ultimately I would suggest talking to a regional/local lawyer to help clear up how "charges dropped" and "expunged" mean for job applications.

Assuming this misdemeanor isn't something whack - why would you believe you wouldn't be able to get a job as a programmer?
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:35 PM

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I was wondering can I still get a job as a software engineer or am I barred from that career field?


Depends on the employer. There's no licensing or statutory requirements for calling yourself a "developer" or an "IT person" or whatever - if they'll hire you, you're in.

Most employers aren't going to care about a misdemeanor, and if your record is expunged I believe it's technically something that never happened.
I wouldn't worry too much about it, though it probably wouldn't hurt you to mention it if they ask about criminal convictions and the like. As in, "no convictions, but about two years ago I had this incident...." and fill in the short version of the story.
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:36 PM

Well thats basically because I have a criminal record. I'm not looking to get a job at Google or any other major company, but I believe it would stop me from being an engineer.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:38 PM

Most likely, you are wrong.

To be super duper certain chat with lawyer in your area that can get a handle on your record and offer exact advice.
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:40 PM

I can't afford a lawyer
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:43 PM

Then give it a whirl.

Though there should be plenty of "south carolina expunged misdemeanor job application" information out there to formulate a fairly good consensus.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:50 PM

Honestly I can tell you're not that helpful especially telling someone they need to talk with a lawyer.
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:54 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 17 July 2017 - 05:18 PM, said:

It is possible that may throw an understanding wrench in "charge dropped and expunged".

DajaVu, I swear we've done this before.
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:56 PM

Honestly I am not overly versed in South Carolinian employment law, every form of background check utilized, or know every wording a company may have for the big Q. I get the need to go cheap so hey, let's see what the interwebz say, but if you want a definitive explanation of what to do when an application is in front of you then go to those that are in the know.

If you want speculation that you may be fine.. sure.. I can speculate all the time.. Will it be 100% accurate or will it help you evade checkboxes on forms? Maybe.. maybe not.

So.. end of the day - sure.. you most likely will be fine. Is there a possibility you may need to explain whatcha did to get nabbed in an interview? Maybe.
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:03 PM

BasileusXCV: is this you?
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:06 PM

Then all you had to say was my possibilities are limited by just posting what you just said

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No
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Re: Can I still get a job in IT?

Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:08 PM

Very similar topic, perhaps worth the read.
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