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Q: back in the saddle ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: back in the saddle
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: whichdoctor-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 22 Aug 2006 13:09 PDT
Expires: 21 Sep 2006 13:09 PDT
Question ID: 758497
Will a criminal background check/fbi background check show a ticket
for "open container"(in a car)16 years ago or "open container" in
public 9 years ago? Both resulted in tickets/fines; no court
appearances. Fingerprints were submitted during application for a
physicians medical license.

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 22 Aug 2006 13:29 PDT
The answer may depend on what state the offenses occurred in.


Clarification of Question by whichdoctor-ga on 23 Aug 2006 05:32 PDT
The "open container" in a car, 16 years ago was in California, the
"open container" outdoors, 9 years ago was in wisconsin.
Subject: Re: back in the saddle
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 23 Aug 2006 06:01 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear whichdoctor-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question.
Depending on the type of background check the organization runs and
the service used to conduct such a background it appears that typical
criminal background searches in California go back about 7 years.
However, there are some services that check databases reaching back as
far as 20 years or more. Here is one example:


As for Wisconsin it appears that the typical criminal background
search also reaches back about 7 years however there are some services
that conduct a more through search dating back as far as 1971. Here is
an example of that type of search.


So, the bottom line is that the data limit is dependent on the
limitation of the service the entity uses to conduct the search, and
more importantly perhaps, if the records you are referring to are
still part of your history. If you received these citations during the
period of your life prior to your 18th birthday, chances are the
notations will not appear on your record as most misdemeanor
convictions acquired as a juvenile are not part of your permanent
criminal history.

I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher


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Request for Answer Clarification by whichdoctor-ga on 23 Aug 2006 06:09 PDT
I am uncertain what service is used but I needed to submit fingerprint
cards.  What service might this be and what would it show?  Also, do
you know if "open container" is a misdemeanor or a civil infraction? 

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 23 Aug 2006 06:50 PDT
In California, the offense is considered "an infraction". This is
rated above civil offense and below the level of a misdemeanor

It appears that the "open container outdoors" charge you are referring
to is a local ordinance (which I am finding as a common occurrance in
most Wisconsin municipalities). If so, this could be construed as a
misdemeanor or a civil infraction depending on the jurisdiction. If it
is civil my guess is that it would not appear on your record
especially if the offense occured as a minor.


Request for Answer Clarification by whichdoctor-ga on 23 Aug 2006 08:12 PDT
Anyinformation on the type of background check medical boards/using fingerprints.

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 23 Aug 2006 08:26 PDT
Each state has it's own medical board and it's own method of doing
background checks. The use of fingerprints suggests that these are
being submitted to an AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification
System) which can identify fingerprints and match them to any one of
millions of prints on file in historical cases or in ongoing
investigations. As for you rhistory with open containers, if you
weren't fingerprinted at the time of the offenses I would worry too
much about the fingerprints alone being the magic thing resposnible
for revealing those particular charges. The fingerprint submission is
merely routine and will also be a part of what ultimatly identifes YOU
and uniquely identifies you from all other physicians once you become
licensed. Nowadays people are required to submit fingerprints for just
about every important license from taxi drivers to doctors. While your
fingerprints may not reveal much about your criminal history, they
will become a part of your licensure record, probably as a matter of
state law.


Request for Answer Clarification by whichdoctor-ga on 23 Aug 2006 08:43 PDT
Do you know what kind of background check the North Carolina Medical Board Does?

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 23 Aug 2006 09:15 PDT
The North Carolina Medial Board apparently submits AT LEAST A PORTION
their background checks directly to the FBI:

"But waiting for background checks can be time-consuming, according to
officials at the North Carolina Medical Board. North Carolina runs
checks through the FBI and results often take as long as eight weeks,
and fingerprints are sometimes lost."

Given the fact that the FBI is involved, it would logicially seem that
the farthest reaching criminal history is most likley applicable.
Hospitals usually obtain their own background check on all new
employees, including physicians, through the use of an investigative

I hope this clarifies. I look forward to your rating and final comments.

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