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I was convicted of credit card fraud in the state of Va. back in 2005 when I was arrested it was a class 6 Felony but when I went to court the judge reduced it to a misdemeanor. I recently had to get my fingerprints done for BRIGHT FROM THE START to get a clearance to work in childcare they are saying that in the state of Georgia it's a Felony and they have to handle my case as if it's a Felony can that be done on a case that I was convicted for 10 years ago in another state.


You asked multiple questions in the same submission:

If the Judge reduced the original charge to a misdemeanor, and that is what you pleaded guilty to, then that is what your conviction was for. Backgrounds usually pertain to convictions and not the initial charge.

The fingerprint card from the date of your arrest is sent to the FBI NCIC Center in West Virginia and will list your initial charge because the print card is sent in for processing long before you have a disposition on the charge. The local police who charged you are supposed to send an update with the final court disposition, but they usually don't do this.

You can contact the Clerk of the Court where you were prosecuted and ask them to send you a Certified Copy of the disposition in your case - confirming it was a misdemeanor conviction and not a felony.

Lastly, most employment backgrounds (other than law enforcement/security clearances) don't usually go back more than 5-7 years depending on the state. However, each state has their own requirements for teachers, daycare people, and/or anyone coming in routine contact with children. You can check that with your specific State Police - they are usually tasked with ensuring that those backgrounds are done and stored.

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