My question involves a professional license in the state of: RI
I know this topic has been discussed here, read through a few older threads and was hoping some of you could shed some light on my situation.
I have an opportunity to interview at a firm and the position will require the series 7 (and 63) and I have a criminal history back in the 1990s. Two charges and convictions of shoplifting, one in 1991 and the other 1998 satisfied with a small fine. Not trying to downplay what I did but these were mainly childhood indiscretions I am not proud of, and sadly coming back to haunt me.
From the looks of form u-4 there is not time limit, and question pertaining to criminal history is pretty broad and clear when it comes to wrongful taking of property. My dilemma is that I currently have a job, but have this wonderful opportunity to interview for something I have long worked hard for and aspired to do. I am just wondering if its worth the hassle at all now after researching what might be ahead of me, and thinking I should NOT interview for the position at all now. Makes me sad, but I want to avoid being stressed out with the possibility of losing my job over a license, and potentially put my family at risk at any point in the future.
My questions are a follows:
1) Is there a time limit on how far they look back. I see some mentions of 10 years and beyond 10 years etc. I think the answer is no here but just want to make sure
2) Would Sealing my record benefit me in any way? I can't expunge in my state only Seal, but they make it clear I can answer NO to any questions about past criminal history.
3) Is there any discretion in all of this or is my charge/conviction that is considered a red flag for termination.
Thanks for the help.