My question involves criminal records for the state of: Alabama
In 2002 or 2003 (can't remember the exact date and can't find any court papers but I'm fairly certain it at least 10 years ago), I was arrested during a traffic stop on an outstanding warrant for writing a "bad" check in the amount of $7 + change (that's right -- seven dollars and change) several years before THAT. Before that, I had never been in any kind of trouble and had never been arrested. I was released without having to post any kind of bond, went to court without an attorney, pled no contest, paid restitution and all associated expenses. I wasn't put on any kind of probation and as far as I'm concerned, the matter is settled. My concern now, more than 10 years later: I'm in the process of a job search and I'm worried about background checks. On the part of the application where it asks "have you ever been convicted of a felony?" would the answer be "no" or "yes"? I know writing a bad check is a crime, but if I say 'no" and the background check finds that arrest, will I be screwed for giving false information on that application?