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Anyone been accepted into dental school with a misdemeanor?

Discussion in 'Dental' started by dentalguy23, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. dentalguy23

    dentalguy23 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Has anyone here been accepted to dental school with an expunged/dismissed misdemeanor...and did you disclose it on your application? I know this should be in the pre-dental section but no one in pre-dental has made it into the program yet therefore I was just wondering. Please PM me if you're not comfortable to share it out here. Thank you a lot.
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  3. Electrophilic

    Electrophilic 2+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    Yes and yes. Honesty is the best policy.
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  4. reapply2007

    reapply2007 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Got in, finished, licensed, work, and soon to own my own practice.
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  5. Dgeorg6

    Dgeorg6 2+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    Baton Rouge
    If the misdemeaner was dismissed or expunged why would you have to disclose it?
  6. dentalguy23

    dentalguy23 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    I'm doing this dental volunteer program at UCLA and it asks "Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (including a conviction for which the record has been sealed, expunged, or judicially dismissed?"
  7. flegg

    flegg 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    UCLA also likes to know what bottled water brand you drink.
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  8. dentalguy23

    dentalguy23 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    pretty much sums it up. yes.
  9. M1K3AA

    M1K3AA 5+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    I had my record sealed, I did not disclose it, it did not come up on my background check. They usually require disclosure of felonies, misdemeanors not so much.. but I guess each school is different

    If you're concerned you can do a background check on yourself, costs like ~$25 IIRC..
  10. dentalguy23

    dentalguy23 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    what school or schools did you get into?
  11. Ferneezy

    Ferneezy I don't always Go Blue, but when I do... 5+ Year Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    as with the ucla question above, answer any question only as specifically as you need to. if it breaks you, it breaks you...though it might not.

    what definitely will break you: lying on application materials and getting caught in that later
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  12. bsp1013

    bsp1013 2+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    If dismissed, ask a lawyer buddy to look up the case number (if asked for. I know some state boards ask, schools maybe not so much) and write a few sentences briefly describing the incident and why it was dismissed (eg "the DA voluntarily dismissed the case, dismissed due to lack of evidence, etc)

    If it was expunged, no need to mention it. It's been expunged.

    Caveat: I'd have your aforementioned lawyer buddy do the background check to make sure the incident has indeed been expunged before turning in the application.
  13. dentalguy23

    dentalguy23 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2014
    forgot to mention california doesn't have a true expungement...just a dismissal, which is also called expungement, according to penal code 1203.4
  14. dentalguy23

    dentalguy23 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2014
  15. mkuiper

    mkuiper 5+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Grand Rapids MI
    I will say this, for my experience.

    I was accused of a misdemeanor, while during my interview process. It was related to car registration so nothing in particular too bad. I elected not to tell them as I already had applied and submitted my materials, and interviewed at a few schools. Later the charge was dropped. If they ask specifically, I would have told them, but since everything was submitted and the fact that I wasn't guilty I didn't feel the need to tell them that. Either way, I got in. Honesty is the best policy, many people have made mistakes, it's those who learn from them that turn on the best. I'd suggest just being open about it and show that you've grown in retrospect to it all.

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