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Posted about 7 years ago

 

How does a person go about cleaning up their background from something that happen years ago? Are their any web site or person I could call to get this started?

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Right after I started school, my Criminology instructor said to me that most people who want to be be in law enforcement job get denied during the background check due to bad credit. It scared the heck out of me, because I too, have bad credit, haunting me from my past. If you are unable to pay it off, then I recommend looking up credit repair companies and law firms that can help you out. I know of one, but don't know if I can state their info on this forum.
Good luck!!

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Thanks for responding. Yes I'm one of those who ran into some bad luck during my years of growing up and now that I decided to finish my education in the CJ field I thought I should get a head start on cleaning up my background. If you could provide that info that you spoke of it would be a big help to me. Thanks again.

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Hey Otis1, if you are talking about criminal issues then there is always the process of getting your records expunged or sealed. I know a buddy of mine had issues from early adolescence, 18-19 years old, and got in trouble with the law. He was ultimately convicted of a misdemeanor offence and it haunted him. He was turned down by a half dozen agencies due to his criminal past. He hired an attorney and eventually had his records expunged. Ironically he was hired by my department. Now like powderyoli said, if you are talking about credit, pay off your bills and clean up what you can. Good luck and best wishes to you!!!

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Thanks cowboycarym, when I was 19 in college hanging with some buddies one of them was shop lifting and since I was with him we all had to go down. I paid my fine, but the case is still on my background and I was trying to get that off my records which caused me a position in the force. I will see if I could find an attorney that handles cases like mines. Thanks for the info.

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look for a good criminal defence attorney. As much as I cant stand them they do provide good once in a while. One more piece of advice if I may...try going to your county clerks office first and ask them if there is a process you can go through to have your record expunged. That way you may only have to pay some administrative fees and court filing fees. If you get an attorney involved it could cost you thousands of dollars. My buddy paid over $5000 to his shark...err...attorney to have his record expunged. Come to find out he could have done it on his own for $250. Again, Best of luck to you partner.

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Greetings. An expungement is an option, but most background forms and polygraph tests include the question: "have you ever been arrested". Although you have expunged the record, it can't "unring" a bell; you may still show up with an FBI number as being finger printed or processed. Also beware if you have ever participated in a deposition, it is a Public Record, and can be found in most search engines.

I have a friend that was charged, arrested and tried for a bogus charge, as a police officer (criminal sexual assualt). He won the case, had it expunged, but when he sued the Department for his termination, the deposition was public record. He was falsely charged and fired and still prevents him from getting other jobs to this day.

I'm not trying to discourage you, but keep it in mind, it still may haunt you. Good luck.

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As far as the expungement goes, they wrote those laws in for a reason so take advantage of them. First off, go back to whoever represented you in the first place, like the Public Defender, and see if they will file for you. In San Diego County they will.

It will also help if the petition it says more than “I want to be a police officer.” Show what you have done to be on the straight and narrow. How many classes have you taken, what’s your GPA, have you done any volunteer work or mentoring, are you active in a church. How many places have you spoken to and do you have any serious leads.

I know that precious few police recruiters will talk to you as long as you have a theft conviction on your record, but have you spoken seriously to any of them about your chances if you get the record expunged?

What MrWhitefolks says is true, so I’d be upfront with everyone that the incident occurred and you “took reconcilability” for it then and that you later had it expunged. It will give you something to talk about in your interview, so be prepared for it. Have your answer all thought up. Believe it or not, some background investigators don’t like an applicant with a clean record, because it makes them think that they’ve missed something. So a little dirt isn’t too bad. And I also agree with everyone above, get your credit in order before you start applying.

Good luck.