My question involves a background check in the State of: Michigan
When I was 14, I was charged with felony domestic violence. It was determined that an anxiety medication that my parents gave me negatively altered my behavior, and the charges were later dropped.
When I was 16, I got into a fight with my dad, not a fistfight but wrestling around. The police were called and because he saw us fighting he had to make an arrest. I later plead "no contest" to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and served some probation.
These are the only things on my criminal record including traffic violations.
I've found that my record does not prohibit me from carrying a firearm because 1) I plead no contest 2) My offense was technically an adjudication and not a conviction and 3) The offense was not committed against a girlfriend or spouse.
However, I'm worried about whether or not departments will consider my application given my record.
By the time I apply for a police job I will have a bachelors degree in CJ and more than six years since the incident occurred. I would be willing to work for a bigger city (Detroit, LAPD, etc) to get my foot in the door. I'm a dedicated volunteer and I have a passion for serving my community, which is one of the reasons I want to be a police officer.
Will any departments be able to overlook my troubled childhood as see me as the upstanding citizen I am today?