Hi. I’ve posted on here a few times, and I wanted to thank the moderators for their contributions to this forum.
I recently had a Misdemeanor theft charge dismissed last week. I was told by my lawyer that it will take some time (months) for the court to process the dismissal and for it to be updated in FBI when checking my background investigation.
The position that I’m inquiring about is either a low-risk non sensitive or a moderate risk non sensitive public trust w/ the DOD . My concern is that when they run my finger prints that I will still come back with a pending charge and they will automatically come back with an unfavorable suitability determination, even though I will list the charge as dismissed on SF-85p. Have any background investigators run into that issue here, where the charge was dismissed but still showed as pending? Will I be given the opportunity to prove that it was dismissed or will it be an automatic denial for me?
This is my first and only criminal blemish on my record, if that plays a factor. Any guidance or experience would be appreciated. TIA!