misdemeanor question

I've run into a tough situation. Basically I was involved in an incident at my fraternity house recently where some holes got poked in the wall. I'm charged with misdemeanor Criminal Mischief(property damage) for $600 (state of PA) and am supposed to start at a big 4 in September (NYC). It's also on the police record that I was only responsible for a single hole, about 1.5 inches wide, but am being held accountable for the rest of the damage shared equally with those who spoke to the police. I interned there and my team liked me, but I'm worried combined with covid it could be a deal breaker. Any advice/encouragement? I could probably get it expunged in about 12 months time. Very surprised I got charged in the first place but am worried nonetheless.

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Jun 23, 2020 - 12:57pm

not a felony = no big deal.

Come on, a fucking hole in a wall? I can't even understand how you can be charged for that, in literally all other countries of the world you can just accept to give some money to the owner of the said wall so he can repair it, and he doesn't press charges. Like, wtf

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:20pm

I know right it's absolutely ridiculous. I was 100% honest about my involvement in it because the police explicitly told us no one was getting citations and they just wanted to forward us the bill. I offered to pay for it and everything. I get I was a part of a bigger operation and that doesn't necessarily excuse me from the incident, but there were about 15 others there that ran off that night. I chose to do the right thing, own up to it, and it was honest. Unfortunately the only thing they did was use it against me.

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Your hiring manager will want to know whether these were glory holes or peep holes.
Depending on the outcome of the analysis you may get rejected or promoted.

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Jun 23, 2020 - 1:33pm

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. But in all seriousness, do you guys think my offer could get rescinded? I get that felonies are automatic disqualifiers, but could this be a no go from HR? Also I've heard some horror stories about expunged charges appearing on background checks. Any truth to that?

Worth mentioning too that I graduated with a 3.5, was the president/Eboard of 3 clubs, greek life leadership, etc.

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:18pm

Dude, you're going to be completely fine here. They don't really care about some stupid misdemeanor from college. There is an off chance that they actually ask you about it, you explain and then move on. I would literally bet that half of the people you're about to work with have done something worse than that.

Honestly, if you were coming into my firm and that was what you told me the misdemeanor was for then I would laugh.

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:36pm

Keep the comments coming please. The more perspective I can get on the matter the better.

Lawyer up and make these misdemeanor 'charges' disappear.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:39pm

house is owned by the university but we live in it. they said the reason they gave us misdemeanors was "because of COVID". we also over the level for a simple citation and into misdemeanor by $100.

it's so cruel it's almost funny. almost.

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:14pm

got clapped with a couple different misdemeanor Public intoxication/fake id charges before I turned 21 in college. Of my 3 internships and a full time job, it came up once on my freshman year internship and they didn't even care, other than that I never heard a word. Dealing with the court, bullshit legal fees, and having to hide my second offense from my parents was a real pain in the ass though.

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:14am

my fraternity had a party so big the foundation of a house collapsed. one of those responsible is at one of the largest asset managers in the world, another at a global PE firm. you're fine.

I had a charge as well, they questioned it, I told them what it was (underage drinking, I did community service, charges dropped) and that was the end of it. they just had to tell HR that they asked about it

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:07pm

I digress, but we also broke the floors of our fraternity house in October. Cost us $10,000 to fix.

Big thank you to all that have commented thus far. Still nerve racking but it's good to know others have been through similar situations and successfully navigated. In any case I'll be able to get it expunged, and hopefully it doesn't show up on any background checks after that. Just needed to know people were somewhat understanding in finance....... clearly they're not at my university but they can go fuck themselves.

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:22pm

Another question I have: id like to work into IB or Buy Side down the road. Would a criminal mischief property damage misdemeanor prohibit me from moving in that direction? I've heard about FDIC section 19 but am unsure how this would apply to that. Any advice from people in these industries would be greatly appreciated. I'm also being asked to get fingerprinted which makes me concerned.

Dec 9, 2021 - 11:13am

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