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  1. #1
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    Sep 2008

    Default Disclosing a Conviction, Post Expungement, for Adoption

    My question involves expungements or pardons for the state of: California

    My only criminal record was one felony conviction for which paid restitution and community service as a part of a plea bargain. In March of this year, the conviction was expunged from my record.

    Now I'm trying to adopt a child. I've already completed a LiveScan print check and there were no hits. However, I've been asked to complete a Criminal Record Statement as a standard part of the application process. The form does state that I am completing it under the penalty of perjury.

    Do I need to disclose this expunged conviction and the details? And how about for job applications that ask if you've ever been convicted of a crime? How does one answer that?

    Thanks for any direction you can provide.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Toledo, OH

    Default Re: Disclosing a Conviction, Post Expungement, for Adoption

    For a job application, you may legally and honestly answer that you've never been convicted. That's the purpose of an expungement.

    It's not as clear in the case of the Criminal Record Statement. The CRS requires that you disclose any convictions that were "later dismissed, set aside or had the sentence suspended".

    You would do well to consult with an attorney in your area - which you should be doing anyway if you're planning to adopt. Adoption processes often hit snags, and attorneys are very helpful in smoothing those over.

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