Q: I had a misdermeanor dismissed, it showed up on a background check and I failed. How can this happen?
A: It’s likely that the employer misread the document or was influenced by the mere fact of the arrest. What you refer to as a background check is a document prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Information Bureau (CIB) based on fingerprints taken when you were arrested. The fact that you were arrested appears on your CIB, which probably also shows “Disposition: Dimissed.”
In the future, when a prospective employer asks if you have a criminal record you might want to say that you were arrested but the case was dismissed.
You can go to the DOJ website to order a copy of your CIB (criminal background check). Look at it carefully. Make sure the correct info appears there.
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