Columbus, GA asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Georgia

Q: If asked on an application, Is it against the law to lie about PENDING felony charges?Not convictions, but only charged

I have 3 pending felony charges. One from 2020 and two from 2022. One count of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement (2020). Two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor (2022). I am currently in school for my cdl. Many of the truck driving applications I have filled out are asking if I have any pending felony charges. I'm not convinced, just charged. If they ask if I have any pending felonies, is it illegal to lie and say no?

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Glenn T. Stern
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I don't know that it's necessarily illegal to lie on a job application, as they are not legal documents, but I would expect most truck companies would want to run a background check on you before they actually hire you--regardless of how you answer that question. If that's the case--lying probably won't get you a whole lot further than just telling the truth, and now you will have burned a bridge in your new field of employment.

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