Hello. I have a situation!!! I am about 8 months from graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice with a concentration in computer forensics. Back in 2008 I was given a conditional discharge on a felony drug charge. Huge and only mistake I have made in my life. According to my release papers nd my lawyer my conditional discharge means that I am no longer a felon and more or less was never even convicted of a felony. My dilemma is that when my background is ran it shows up as a conviction with the conditional discharge. Will this prevent me from getting a job in the computer crimes field? I reside in the state of TX and want to make sure that I will be able to get a job using my degree even though my record shows this information. Thank you.
It will be up to an agency whether or not this information will preclude you from getting hired. I've filled out quite a few background packets in the past, and every one of them have questions pertaining to convictions, pleas, charges, and arrests. Whether or not there was a probationary agreement, you will need to disclose, at minimum, the arrest and charges. But, as you are already aware that the incident shows up on your background, all you can do is own up to it will full disclosure. The agency will determine if you are disqualified based on that. To be honest, a six-year-old felony drug charge on your background will likely give you some issues. Best of luck