The job that I am applying for will require public trust security clearance. For the intent of this question let’s say I have to fill sf-85P. (moderate)
8 years back I was convicted of misdemeanor. I was fined and given a two year probation. Later I got an expungement and my conviction was dismissed.
1-I would like to ask the members of this forum that from their experience what are the chances that I would be able to pass the security clearance.
2-"in past 7 years, have you been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of any offense(s)"
Is it ok to answer NO to this question because the conviction happened 7 years and 11 months ago?
Or should I disclose the expunged misdemeanor with an explanation. I am not sure if this would ‘open the door’ for follow-up, to a question that was never asked.
3- In form OF-306 “Declaration for Federal Employment” under Background information it says following:
For questions 9 your answers should include convictions resulting from plea of nolo contendere but omit any conviction for which the record was EXPUNGED under federal and state law.
9) During last 7 years have you been convicted, been imprisoned, been on probation or been on parole?
My probation ended 6 years back, so technically I was on probation in past 7 years. However as I stated before my conviction was expunged by the state after completing probation. Should I answer NO to question 9 as the instructions say, omit charges that were expunged?
Under so circumstance do I want to trick the system.
I would really appreciate any advice.