My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Florida
My question involves criminal records for the state of: Florida
I've tried searching everywhere for the answer to this question, but I think it's too specific for me to find helpful advice on google.
Here are the facts:
I was given a notice to appear in court for petit theft (no finger prints)
I was told to complete a diversionary program (with community service hours)
The program was completed and my record? was expunged
I did a background check on myself through a private company (USSEARCH) and FDLE and found nothing
Here are my questions:
Should I be worried that my record has not been expunged at the federal level?
I'm applying for jobs that involve consulting work with the govt and it appears as if I will be subject to a background check and may need to pass low level clearance. I have not been asked (yet) by my prospective employer whether I've been convicted/charged/arrested or w.e but I just need to know what I should mark if I'm asked? I've seen several job applications that ask that you reveal if you've had something expunged after pleading no contest ...and I'm unsure whether completing a diversionary program qualifies. Also, I've also seen questions that ask whether "you've ever been charged with...." and I'm not sure if I should answer that in the affirmative or not.
I don't want to lie, but I also do not want to admit to something that has been cleared...I know I'm suppose to disclose expungement to government agencies but I have no idea how the law works for private sector companies that are contracted by the government.
Please help, I haven't been able to sleep since I realized this. I'm a straight A student with a Master's degree that's starting to think that everything I've worked for will be taken away. I know it's my fault for doing something stupid...it's been three years and I still think about my mistake everyday.