Question regarding Of-306 vs SF85P, and police record


#1

First off, I’ve gone through the forum and could not find an answer to my question, so please forgive me if I have somehow overlooked it. I recently accepted a tentative offer from an agency requiring an SF-85p BI, and have submitted an OF-306 as part of the hiring process. In section 9 of the OF-306, “During the last 7 years have you been convicted, been imprisoned, been on probation, or been on parole?” My answer was “yes,” as I was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident in Missouri in 2009, charged with misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident in 2010, plead guilty 2011 and received a two year suspended imposition of sentence (probation by MO statutes), which was completed in 2013 with charges dropped and sealed at the state level with no conviction.
However, in the event I clear the initial suitability screening, the SF-85P section 20 states, “In the last 7 years have you been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of any offenses?” Technically, my answer is no, as I have not been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of any offenses in the past 7 years. So, since the investigator will obviously have access to my OF-306, is “no” the appropriate answer, or should I answer “yes” and detail the events?
I’m just trying to be as upfront and truthful as possible, as don’t want to do anything that may jeopardize my chances of getting this job, and want to accurately complete the required forms. Other than the arrest documented above, I have a spotless record and a positive credit history. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.


#2

If the leaving the scene of the accident charge is your only criminal incident, the correct answer on your OF-306 and SF-85p should have been “NO”. If that is your only issue you will be just fine.


#3

I disagree, he was on probation for a misdemeanor arrest/charge. It was dismissed only after completion of the probation terms. It should be listed, it will not, however, be an issue in and of itself.


#4

My mistake, I misread your post due to the format you posted in (parts of your narrative are cut off my screen). I had only seen that you were charged in 2009 (2009-2018=9) putting the charge outside the scope of the question; however, if you were on probation until 2013, @Marko is correct.


#5

Thank you both for answers, I suppose I will list the my arrest on the SF85 when time the comes since it will come up anyways. Better to be honest about it rather than appear as though I am trying to hide something.


#6

Apologies for the format, I’ve corrected my post.