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  1. #1
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    Default Domestic violence reduced to a disorderly conduct charge

    I was arrested in 1999 for domestic violence. My spouse and I got into an arguement. I said something in reference of the world ending due to Y2K. She felt threatened and I was arrested. At the time I was working for an armed security firm in which I surrendered my weapon for a period of time. I plead not guily to the charge of domestic violence. My lawyer had the charge reduced to disorderly conduct. In 2000 I applied for employment with the Department of Corrections and was accpeted for employment but, during testing I was denied employment. I asked the reason and the staff told me that I could not be employed due to domestic violence charges. Yet I was not convicted of domestic violence nor did I serve time for domestic violence. I was very angry at this for a while because I went through peace officer school to become employed for a law enforcement job. I even went through anger management counseling just to show that I had no problems with anger or anything of that nature.

    My sidearm was later returned after the court trial. Over the years I have went through various background checks and have even aquired many other firearms as I do collect them and other recreational purposes with no problem. I have re-applied for another position in law enforcement for the department of corrections. I am still with the same woman who had me arrested for no reason as well. Its a very long almost 200 mile drive to take the test again. Today I was mailed a corrections officer questionaire. There is a question that states..."HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOROR OR ARE YOU CURRENTLY PENDING ANY MISDEMEANOR CHARGES?
    Keep in mind I have served no time at all. The whole case was bullshit in the first place due to a scorned woman. I recently conducted a criminal background check on myself with the police dept. , sheriffs dept. , and the court of appeals in my county and nothing shows up on the background checks.

    I REALLY NEED ADVICE ON WHAT I SHOULD DO TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION BECAUSE EMPLOYMENT WITH AN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IS LIKE SOMETHING I'VE ALWAYS WANTED. PLEASE HELP!

  2. #2
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    if you plead to disorderly conduct, then yes you were convicted of a misdemeanor. explain the situation as best you can..... BE HONEST. honesty goes a long way. any LE department with which you apply will be able to do a criminal background check. they will already know about the arrest and subsequent conviction. just explain what happened and that it was a long time ago and any other mitigating circumstances.

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