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Will a court record entry about a speeding ticket that was dismissed hurt me in background checks?

Asked by sunrunner (117 points ) December 7th, 2010

Recently got a speeding ticket dismissed but I still have a court record entry; however the court records database doesn’t indicate whether it was dismissed, just that I was a defendant in a lawsuit. My questions are whether this will come up in background checks as a point against me, even though it was dismissed, and secondly, is there any way to remove this from the database?

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

If you apply for a job as a driver where “traffic records” are a potential qualifying factor in whether or not you get the job, then “maybe”. (Probably not if the charge was dismissed.)

For any other routine background check, a “dismissed” traffic ticket of any kind won’t hurt you. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that any “dismissed” charge or any kind shouldn’t weigh against you, since the dismissal indicates either that you were found innocent, or there was an insufficient basis to try the charge. Anyone can be ‘charged’ with anything. Convictions are what you need to really worry about.

Some interview / application processes may require you to explain “arrests”, but even then, a traffic ticket that is issued on the spot by a police officer, who then allows you to proceed, does not constitute “arrest”.

coffeenut's avatar

Get a cheap background check done on yourself to see if it even show up.

tedd's avatar

If it was dismissed you were essentially found “not guilty” of it, so no it will not be on your record. This would not be the case had you been arrested, but I’m guessing that wasn’t the case.

Besides, unless your job specifically involves driving, no employer will consider traffic violations that weren’t felonies (like wreckless operation or DUI).

jessifer1212's avatar

I’m not hurt in background checks and I had a court case over a car accident that was dismissed. That might also be because the car accident happened when I was underage though.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

When employers or agencies conduct criminal background checks, they generally don’t care about one or two minor traffic violations. They’re looking for big stuff like battery or theft. Now, if you’re trying to get a job as a professional driver, it might matter, but for most jobs it won’t.

john65pennington's avatar

You may need to contact an attorney to have this expunged from your record. It would be worth the cost for an attorney, if the proposed job you are seeking, is worth the cost.

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