I have accepted a new job in the state of New York and now have to fill out some HR paperwork. There is a question asking about any prior convictions, excluding minor traffic violations. Minor trafic violations are specifically defined as speeding tickets, parking tickets, etc., excluding DUIs.
Eight years ago I was arrested for a DUI in the state of Arizona, however, the citation was reduced to a Reckless Driving and the only penalty was a $250 fine. A year later, I applied for the judgement of guilt to be set aside under the state law, based on the circumstances of the case. My appication was approved and the citation was dismissed.
The job is in financial services and is completely unrelated to driving. I currently live in a different state. My question is - how should I answer that question on the job application? The court paperwork says that the citation was dismissed and that I am to be released from all related penalties and disabilities. However, I am concerned that if I say "No" and this incident somehow shows up, my answer would be viewed as not entirely truthful, because there was a conviction prior to dismissal. Of course I am concerned about the implications either way. Please help. Thank you.