My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
I was arrested in March 2000 for possession of marijuana (was fingerprinted/mugshot taken upon arrest). The judge ordered my case dismissed and immediately sealed. I am currently in the process of trying to become certified to teach in NY State public schools and they do a 'background check' as part of the application process. Will the NY State Department of Education learn about this arrest during this background check? If so, is there anything that I can do now to mitigate this? Do you think that this would disqualify me from becoming certified? (I realize this isn't exactly a legal question here...). Finally, do you think that NYC school principals- charged with hiring- do a background check when hiring? If so, then would you recommend that I pay a service such as HireRight to see what-if anything- comes up?
Thank you, Harper