Misdemeanor from 6 years ago?

Hi guys,

So I got an analyst position for a big bank (think Citi, Wells, Capital..etc) and I have to go through a background check. On the application I don't remember them asking me to disclose it however after I got the offer today they told me that I need to go for fingerprints. I got a misdemeanor for drinking almost 6 years ago now and they took my finger prints then. It was called a Minor in consumption (had alcohol in my system as under a 21 year old). So my question is this should I disclose it to HR/Recruting before I submit the information for the background check or wait till they ask me about it? I had background checks before and no one cared about it but since they're asking for finger prints I'm scared they might take it more seriously. Just stressed out about what to do. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

Comments (14)

  • Associate 1 in RE - Comm
Jan 12, 2022 - 9:54pm

Was just in your shoes. Got an MIP when I was 20, but I got it expunged after some community service. Never showed up at my internship a year later or the three jobs I accepted afterwards.

If you didn't get it expunged, I think there's a chance it still shows. But as long as you didn't lie, you're fine. It's rare for companies to ask if you've ever had a misdemeanor. They care about fraud / financial crimes and felonies 

Jan 12, 2022 - 10:13pm

Yeah so mine isn't expunged. I got it in Arizona and they don't have expungement there so it will definitely show still. I just didn't know the best course of action wether to tell them first or wait for them and give them the story.

Jan 12, 2022 - 10:13pm

Yeah so mine isn't expunged. I got it in Arizona and they don't have expungement there so it will definitely show still. I just didn't know the best course of action wether to tell them first or wait for them and give them the story.

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jan 13, 2022 - 12:12am

This happened to me at WF. I think I ended up giving my would be boss a heads up but pretty sure he just laughed it off. No idea if he had to pull any strings but got the job with no questions asked. Don't stress it. If you're comfortable bringing it up go for it, but if you don't bring it up I doubt it hurts you. That's a pretty explainable lack of judgment at that age….

  • VP in RE - Other
Jan 13, 2022 - 8:06am

I had the same exact misdemeanor in college. I'd disclose it. Shouldn't be a big deal

Most Helpful
Jan 13, 2022 - 9:17am

So, read carefully any forms you fill that ask for disclosure. Failing to disclose is easily grounds for rescinding an offer in some firms' minds. So, if it asks for felonies and misdemeanor's for past 10 years.... fill in completely. If says just felonies or limits to five years... you can probably leave blank on that form. BUT make sure you have all documentation ready to go proving this was not required to be disclosed if asked.

Given the full context, I would maybe consider making a note in the return email (or send separate email) saying something like "the form didn't specifically ask, but I did have this XYZ six years ago, rather be up front than have you be surprised". Then you have that email that you affirmatively disclosed. Frankly, I doubt this would cause you any issues. Misdemeanors rarely do, unless they relate to professional misconduct. DUIs, which are arguably wayyyy worse than this, don't stop people from getting jobs, so this shouldn't. 

Jan 15, 2022 - 2:56pm

It varies from firm to firm. They base your background check off of the written application. Just answer honestly. Most places ask if you have been "convicted" of a misdemeanor, which it sounds like you were. I'd consult a lawyer but always answer truthfully. For others don't forget "convicted" and "charged" are two different things. 

  • 2
Jan 15, 2022 - 4:39pm

Then just say no…pretty straight forward. 

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