Q: I was charged for Reckless Endangerment at the age of 17 in ND. Will this disqualify me from being a cop in Minnesota?
I was charged as a juvenile. Reckless endangerment is normally a class c felony in ND, but being a juvenile, It was taken down to a misdemeanor. Will my juvenile record stop me from having a career in law enforcement?
A: It certainly could. I would pursue an expungement of the adjudication.
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A: Check out the info on the web page for MINNESOTA BOARD OF PEACE OFFICER STANDARDS AND TRAINING (POST), titled "Becoming an Officer;" then "STANDARDS FOR PEACE OFFICER ELIGIBILITY." And check the link to "Minimum Selection Standards, MN Rules 6700.0700, Subp.1, E. or F." That seems to indicate that: (1) "These bars do not include juvenile offenses where the offender is adjudicated delinquent (which is not a criminal conviction). Only criminal convictions of a juvenile under one of these statutes or a requirement for a juvenile to register as a predatory offender are bars." Also "Having a criminal conviction or record expunged or continued for dismissal will NOT lead to
eligibility. Per Minn. Rules 6700.0100, Subp. 9a ..." You might try giving them a call, as well.
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