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    When I was 20, I was charged with possession of 1/2 a gram of marijuana. I was put through a diversion program since it was my first offense. I know that this looks really bad applying to become a firefighter, but will it prevent me from becoming one in the future?

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    Misdemeanor or felony???


    How old are you now???
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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    • #3
      Each city is different

      You have to look at the disqualifiers for each city
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Just Wondering View Post
        When I was 20, I was charged with possession of 1/2 a gram of marijuana. I was put through a diversion program since it was my first offense. I know that this looks really bad applying to become a firefighter, but will it prevent me from becoming one in the future?
        Dude thats nothing, there's guys on the job with felonys arrests. And if it was a first offense they probably dropped the conviction. Your arrest will still show up on a background check though. Just Make sure that you have all your proper court paperwork if they ask, like expoungments and/or first offense programs. Dont ever lie about it but dont mention it either if they dont ask.

        You"ll be fine, and if they give you any ****t just get a good civil service lawyer and appeal.

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        • #5
          It is a misdemeanor. I am 21 now but I am thinking about Air Force service after college before I persue any firefighting career

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Just Wondering View Post
            It is a misdemeanor. I am 21 now but I am thinking about Air Force service after college before I persue any firefighting career
            It all depends on the city I think. The offense is very minor yes, but there are a ton of other applicants with nothing on their record.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Just Wondering View Post
              It is a misdemeanor. I am 21 now but I am thinking about Air Force service after college before I persue any firefighting career
              Good choice on joining the military. Most depts have a 5 yr window when it comes to drugs. Keep your record spotless while you serve and you should be good to go.

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              • #8
                Same advice. Just check each cities policy

                Not sure if air force will take you

                Have you checked??
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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                • #9
                  It's going to be difficult for me to join the Air Force, but not impossible. I would need a waiver in order to excuse this, but it's no guarantee.

                  If the Security Forces doesn't work out, I am going to persue the Army equivalent of that, the Military Police, which is a bit less selective.

                  If all else fails and I don't get into either, It will just speed up me persuing a firefighting career

                  I was thinking about joining a volunteer fire company in my area and I've already filled out applications. The one company that I am pushing for only asks if I have been convicted of a felony. Will this misdemeanor prevent me from becoming a volunteer since it wasn't that long ago?
                  Last edited by Just Wondering; 03-31-2011, 06:09 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I don't think I included this yet but the diversion program expunged it from my record, but I'm sure that it will still show up in a background check

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                    • #11
                      I wouldn't fill it out on an application, but if you make it to a background, tell your background investigator up front so its not a surprise when he finds it(and he will).

                      I have no idea how much 1/2 a gram is but it doesn't sound like a lot. I know that background investigators I've talked to have said you need 5 years from a DUI to even be considered, and even then its you versus someone with none. Just something to ponder.

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                      • #12
                        We require report any arrest/ conviction no matter if it has been cleared by court

                        You might check on mp job , air force I hear just guards gates, not real police work, and sometimes might need secret clearance, which drug action might mess up
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdEH...e_gdata_player

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