Im currently in college and looking to continue o pursue my goal in Financial and Investment planning...However having had a problem a few years ago with the law I am concerned at what problems I may face down the road with my past. 2 months after I turned 18 years old in high school I ran into some trouble with the law. A "friend" of mine was working at a local Sam's Club andhad been stealing credit cards that were lost and purchasing items, I was with him 2 of the times he did it (only knew of the one time he did it however) the second time I had no idea but I was never involved with it either I guess i was considered an "accessory". He was caught the second time and me being with him i got arrested as well. actually the kid was doing this for about 4 months but i was unlucky and was with him the 2nd time. Now my question is this, He was charged with 3 felonies, I was charged with 2 of the same counts as misdemeanors, theft with use of a credit card. I was asked to do 5 days community service and 2 years probation, which I served no problem and had my record completely EXPUNGED. I was told I will have no trouble getting a job in the future except that only govt jobs such as post office or police will be able to find my record doing a background check. I do know these type of things do to the NCIC, which Im concerned with. but even police officers tell me that getting a record like this is unlawful by accessing private information that had been sealed and destroyed. After finishing school and having this 5+ years behind me and expunged and never have done anything else wrong, will this affect me getting a job with a financial consulting firm or getting into the investment and securities fields? My lawyer even says I shouldnt have a problem and that I can put on an application that ive never been charged guilty with a felony or misdemeanor. which is true since it is considered expunged and not guilty.
Im worried as I head down this road since banks are pretty tough on security checks with backgrounds...should I really be concerned knowing this was a stupid thing I did when I was younger =/