Arrested for Computer Forgery

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I entered into a first offender program for Computer Forgery. (A felony) Once I get off the conviction is dismissed but I will continue to have the arrest itself on my record and it will be seen on a background check. I got the computer forgery by messing around on school semester for grades. I left that school and got into a better school to finish my degree. Do yall think there is any chance a consulting firm or a financial services firm would hire me?

Please provide any insight for a dumb thing I did several years ago.

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Jan 15, 2019

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Jan 23, 2019

You screwed up. You learned your lesson (I hope). It happens.

I believe you only need to report a CONVICTION, not an arrest. If the conviction is dismissed, I don't think it will be a big deal in your background check. Young people make mistakes. Half the consultants you'll interview with are still finishing their cocaine stash from senior year.

If it does show up:

Yes, there is a high likelihood that this will affect your offers. But there might be a hiring manager/HR department willing to overlook. So just carry forth as normal, there is nothing you can do about it. A few pieces of advice:

  1. DO NOT LIE about the arrest. It will 99% come out in the post-hire background check. There will be a place to discuss prior felonies on your application portal - this is where you should input the arrest.
  2. Do not bring up the arrest during any networking or informational chat.
  3. Do not bring up the arrest period.
  4. Expect to be asked about the arrest. If asked pre-hire (this is the scary situation), be upfront and honest and have a compelling story about why you did it, admit your regret, then most importantly, talk about what you learned from the mistake and why you would never do it again. If asked post-hire, it's a similar story line, but you're already halfway over the goal. HR should have caught it in your app before, so it's much less likely they will rescind.
  5. Again, DO NOT LIE about the arrest if asked in the portal or directly to input the arrest. If it is discovered post hire (again, 99%, unless the background check company fucks up - this is really easy for them to pull), and you lied on your application, this will blacklist you. 5-7 years from now, post-MBA, they might be willing to overlook a dumb mistake when you were a kid, as long as you don't blow this.

TL:DR - don't bring it up, don't lie about it if it does come up, and have a story about what you learned from the experience. It might not be a big deal. Don't let the experience prevent you from applying to jobs, there is no way to know ahead of time without asking HR, and that's not something you want to do.

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Jan 24, 2019

Is there no method in your state to expunge the arrest, given the felony conviction will be cleared? I imagine you've entered a deferred adjudication program.

All in all, as long as you're not convicted, it won't have much impact at all to your consulting applications. Relax and focus on what you can control for. Follow advice given above. High finance might be a different story due to forgery - not sure there.

Jan 24, 2019

Expunged. Talk to a lawyer worth their weight.

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Feb 2, 2019
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