I have read many posts on here about people asking how to respond to and what to expect for a background check if they A) Enter a deferred disposition, dismissing the charges in the end and B) Agreeing to a plea bargain.
Most of the answers back to these people from our senior members are that some background checks would show EVERY step of the way for the charges (charged/indicted-plea bargain/trial-final outcome/sentencing).
So my question is: What is the mere point of EVER plea-bargaining or getting a deferred disposition if a background check would reflect everything that went on with your case??? Clearly if an employer is seeing a person charged with theft and dismissed through a plea deal, they can put 2 and 2 together and realize that the person agreed to plea-bargain because they probably really commited the crime. No employer is going to hire someone if they reveal that the person was at one time or another "on the wrong side of the law," regardless of the final outcome.
It seems completely ridiculous.
I was actually charged with felony theft, wasn't fully guilty of the charge, it was a very long story, and my lawyer finally talked me into and persuaded me to take the deferred disposition agreement to dismiss the charges after successful completion. I told him no and he insisted telling me that the deal GUARANTEES a clean record.
What good is a "dismissal/clean record" if these employers can find out that I was charged with felony theft and had to plea-bargain/weasel my way out of it rather than fighting it??
Any answers greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.