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USA/PA/HR? - Neglected to Disclose Disorderly Conduct Charge - Already Accepted Job Offer

ShwaggyDoo 749 194 February 19, 2016 at 09:05 AM in Slickdeals News & Articles (3)

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Hi - To preface: I am fully aware of this incident when I was 21 years old. I received a disorderly conduct for participating in a rowdy college party.

Now, I've never disclosed this on any of my past job applications, I've been hired at least 5 different times since 21, I'm now 29. I've been in no trouble since then. The reason I never disclosed it was because since getting that, I've always been under the information that my disorderly conduct was not a misdemeanor or a felony so it's like a traffic ticket and not something to worry about.

I've received an offer for BNY Mellon and I'm doing a fingerprint (aka FBI) background check and I've been told from a friend in the banking industry that I should be worried about that disorderly conduct I didn't disclose. So, my instinct is to call the HR person and explain my error and hope it's understandable, but from online research I've heard that once I've accepted the offer I can't "modify" my application and therefore I can't properly disclose the disorderly conduct.

Any thoughts on this situation? I have called my HR contact that I was working with and left a vague voicemail but at this point I'm wondering if bringing it up now will just be me firing myself. Again, every other job application I've never disclosed that Disorderly Conduct and I've never had any questions about it at all. I have looked at my record on the PA Magisterial website and my case is listed there.




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At least it wasn't a DUI and you're trying for state police job shake head

I wouldn't have said anything. If they don't look, you give them reason to look
If they do look, It won't matter

If it comes back bad, mention to them you are in the process of expungement to have it removed from your record.

Also start the processSmilie
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I would contact whatever agency you got the ticket from, it is probably NOT on your record, if you know anyone in law enforcement or the court system in your state they could do a quick check.

found this :

While most felony convictions are reported and sent to the FBI, misdemeanor convictions are not always submitted. To get a record of your misdemeanors or other criminal infractions, you will have to contact state or local authorities in which the crimes took place.

This too
Generally, disorderly conduct is charged as a summary offense in Pennsylvania. This is a less serious charge than a felony or misdemeanor. It is not actually a criminal conviction. - See more at:

So leave it as long as the question was have you ever been convicted of a crime .....

If it say have you ever been arrested that is possibly different.

Don't sweat it really, half the time the fingerprint check is done and they still find out the guy had convictions but there is no requirement for central reporting.

Were you fingerprinted when you got your DC if not then they will come back as not being on record!
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You're fine. Don't mention it to HR, you're simply getting live scanned, nothing to worry about.
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you should be ok, i had a murder dismissed for lack of evidence, i still get jobs offers to this day.
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Some jurisdictions classify disorderly conduct as misdemeanors, whereas others classify them as infractions or summary offenses. In the latter case, there is no need to mention it and your background check will still come back as clean. It will be present in your background check, but the status of such will still be "CLEAR" (or whatever terminology this particular company uses). FWIW, I work in HR and have a summary offense on my record, which shows as clear in my official background check report. My wife left a bag of trash curbside while in my truck and I got the offense. Thanks hon!
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Thanks for everyone's input. In the end, my current job made an effort to get me to stay and I'm giving them another chance, so I guess my concern was moot all along.

Although, this is good information if things sour again and I'm on the job hunt!
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