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can an arrest that was dismissed without prejudice in 1991 that did not result in a conviction be allowed to show up on a background investigation for adoption home study?
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Yes, it can. Unless the party expunged or sealed that arrest, it is still part of one's criminal record. The arrest record is not automatically voided if there is no conviction, and remains on one's record and may be pulled up. Thankfully, it may be expunged/voided so that most parties would not see it. Let me know if you need instructions on how to do so.

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