| ||Ask HN: Advice for passing a FAANG background check with a criminal history|
141 points by criminalhistory 35 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 157 comments |
|Hey HN (using a throwaway account for obvious reasons, but I've been on HN for 10 years),|
I was just recently offered a job at a FAANG company. I'm pretty excited about the company, but the only potential issue is that I have a criminal history and I'm not sure if I'll pass the background check.
For context, two years ago I was part of an animal rights group that would investigate factory farms and rescue sick, injured animals from them. The investigations were public, and I was indicted on felony burglary and theft charges in Utah for one rescue. I ended up pleading guilty "in abeyance" to misdemeanor attempted theft and misdemeanor riot. Because the pleas were "in abeyance", the pleas are sealed as long as I don't commit any other crimes.
I read up a bit about California employment law, and it seems like California companies aren't allowed to use arrest records (I technically wasn't arrested, but I did have an arrest warrant out for me and I turned myself in) and sealed court records against you. So I'm not sure if I should even bring it up. That said, I've asked a couple lawyer friends and they think I should bring it up early (though they're not specialists in employment law).
Any advice or lawyer recommendations would be appreciated.
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