I am 26 years old and have never been arrested and I am currently in college pursuing a diploma in Allied Health and I was arrested in October for a felony under the wrong title of Unemployment Compensation Fraud even though I tried to explain that I never received any unemployment and showed letter stated the same stating ineligible it didn't matter. So when I went to court I was unable to afford a lawyer and had to settle for a public offender explained that the case was in reference to public assistance which I agreed to make payments because of a simple mistake of reporting a beginning date of employment. I was back and forth with communication with DCF explaining to them that I was no longer employed and a full time student but DCF reported not receiving payments and I was arrested. At court the defender told me State Attorney wanted to make a deal that I have no conviction, plead guilty but be withheld, pay restitution, and no parole and that it would not be on my record but I found out the hard way that it was because of my apartment complex that charge is showing as a FELONY..so my question is will I still be able to obtain employment even though I wasn't convicted but arrested because employers will only see FELONY.
Adjudication. In that case you may have to find out exactly what the conditions are. In most instances, once the conditions are met (typically a fine and probation,) the charges are dismissed. They will however appear on background checks as charges but not convictions. Anybody doing a background check (other than law enforcement,the court system, and government agencies) will only see the charges. Typically employers are only concerned with convictions and not charges. To be absolutely sure, contact the prosecutor associated with your case.
If you are still concerned with the charge, you may look into expungement. Many ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs seek legal assistance. I suggest contacting your local legal aid office to see if expungement is an option for you.
I hope this helps.