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Under 18 PA Code § 9124, a conviction of a summary offenses "shall not be used in consideration of an application for a license, certificate, registration or permit..."
From my understanding, it will not be entered into a state database as an offense. The record for a summary offense will just go to the local authorities and that is all. But that does not mean that it will not show up on a background check. It certainly could show up on a background check by an employer, depending on what method they use to do a background check.
If you did not commit the offense, don't plead guilty. You can demand a bench trial, and present your defense. Even if you lose, you really are not losing anything, except the court costs may be higher.
Thank you and thank you for citing the PA code--which I will look into. One more thing that I am confused about... I was told I can request a hearing to tell my side... I did confront this person to ask her why she had this affair, but I did not threaten her. The conversation did get heated on BOTH sides. The police said because she had two witnesses (who were her friends--so I can only imagine how much they embelished) they could file the charges... I had a witness as well, so is it in my best interest to request a hearing and pay court costs or just pay the fines and hope it doesn't show up on a background check? I have never before been in any trouble and this is really upsetting to me.
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