Question: When A Case Is Dismissed Is It Still On Your Record?

Some people think a dismissal means they go back to having a clean record.

Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily true.

After a case is dismissed, the charge may remain on your record alongside a note that shows that the case was dismissed.

The charge can remain there forever—unless you get it expunged.

Do dismissed cases show up on background checks?

In most cases, dismissals and not guilty verdicts will show on your criminal record. There is no similar law or trend for dismissals. Bottom line, candidates should be prepared for their dismissed charges to show up on an employment background check.

What happens when a criminal case is dismissed?

A dismissed case means that a lawsuit is closed with no finding of guilt and no conviction for the defendant in a criminal case by a court of law. A dismissed case will still remain on the defendant’s criminal record.

How long do arrests stay on your record?

Non-convictions, including arrests, are reportable for seven years. Convictions can be reported without any limitation. The exception here is when felons have had their records expunged or sealed at the time of the background check. These records would not appear on a background check.

Do dismissed misdemeanors stay on record?

If the charge was dismissed there is no criminal conviction record. It may be that there is a record of your arrest and the court proceeding, but it is not a conviction.