Q & A Session – Background Checks


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


If you were eventually charged with a DWI and then had the charges dismissed, should you declare this in a background check as an arrest? If you were eventually charged with a DWI, then were found innocent by jury, should you declare this in a background check as an arrest?


The answer to both questions is yes if the background investigation questionnaire asks for arrests and not just convictions. The same requirement to disclose applies to expungements.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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