My question involves a background check in the State of New York. I shared a joint checking account with a boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) in roughly 2004, I am unsure of the exact date and year. He bounced several checks on the account and we were both charged with passing a bad check being that I was primary on the checking account. I didn't serve any jail time or do any community service, I was just told to pay restitution, which I did. My question is how long will that charge stay on my criminal record and will it always come up in a background check? I have been turned down for countless jobs due to this issue and want to know what I can do to clear it up.