I have a question. I am currently in the process of applying to work for the New York City Board of Education but I am worried that I may not get the job because I have a juvenile conviction. I was arrested on grounds for felony for reckless endangerment but I took a plea bargain and opted out for a misdemeanor instead. I was arrested back 91/2 years ago.
I have to get my fingerprints taken and have a background check done on me so I am nervous that my conviction will pop up. And I have a sealed record but I am wondering will that also affect anything in my applying to work for the New York City board of Education.
I get a lot of questions like this from juvenile ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs.
Let me understand. You are afraid that a 9 1/2 yr. old juvenile misdemeanor conviction will stop the New York City Board of Education from hiring you.
It is my understanding that juvenile records are sealed and can only be seen by the court system and law enforcement agencies. Even if it were public, I doubt anyone would hold a 9 1/2 yr. old juvenile misdemeanor charge against you.
Here in NJ where I am, job applicants are not even bound to include juvenile convictions. I'm not sure about NY state. To absolutely sure, I would contact someone in your local legal aid office for clarification.
I hope this helps.