Sykesville, MD asked in Employment Law for Maryland

Q: Hello, How far back does a pre employment background check go in Virginia?

Would a simple marijuana misdemeanor from 2010 show up?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Generally, absent the employer's request to limit the time frame, it will go all the way back to as early as records exist. 2010 is not that long ago, generally speaking, but many employers discount of ignore offenses older than 10 years, expecially minor marijuana charges. You should, however, look into whether you can expunge that from your record, since you never know what an employer may do when seeing such a past charge, and if you and another applicant are otherwise equally qualified and suitable for the position, the fact that you have a past criminal charge, however slight, might tip the scales for them to hire the other applicant who has no such past record. You may never be told the reason why you were not hired. Best to clear it out so it does not even raise the question.

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