background checks and marijuana

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Country: United States of America
State: New York

I plead guilty to a conviction of possession of marijuana in 2002. I had to because I would not have been able to make the next trial date had I plead not guilty. It was my first (and only) offense. I am now applying for teaching certification and teaching jobs. Does this conviction show up on my criminal background check and how detrimental to my job hunt will this be? I paid a 150$ fine for the possession charge and the taillight (if that helps at all).


You may call the DA that was involved and check how it ended up being listed; they will tell you if it is on your record--it might not be...
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