To make a very long story short, I will summarize the cause of my issue. In 2005 I was charged with several felonies I did not do. In 2007, after a couple years of fighting in court, my lawyer and I decided the best thing to do was take a deal where I plead no contest to a non-violent misdemeanor and move on with my life. Throughout this entire period, I had kept the same job. My company was aware of my legal issues and kept me on. Unfortunately, the company eventually folded and I started to look for a new position.
I quickly found out that companies doing a background check saw both the felony charges that were dropped and the misdemeanor conviction. Of course, they didn't hire me. So I stopped applying to companies that do background checks.
I am once again looking for work in the IT field. In the IT field, many companies do background checks and it is really limiting my ability to look for work.
I know there are different types of background checks, but I have always heard that charges and misdemeanors drop off your record after 7 years. Would I be able to pass a simple criminal background check since it has been over 7 years?
Also, I know declining a background check raises suspicion, but is there a polite and non-suspicious way to decline a background check if they ask me to do one?