Glossary of Industry Terms
Non-conviction. This stands for "Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program". This disposition is most frequently found in the state of Pennsylvania and may be given to a defendant in place of judgment. If the defendant completes the program successfully, the case is closed.
Conviction. The defendant has been found guilty of the charges.
Non-conviction. The court does not pronounce a final judgment about the case. Instead, the defendant is given probation, a program or community service that must be completed in a specific timeframe. Upon successful completion, the case may be dismissed, depending on the county or state. If the case is not dismissed in that particular county or state, the disposition will remain "adjudication withheld" and the case will be closed. If the defendant violates the sentence, the disposition may be changed and the defendant can be found guilty.
Non-Conviction. The charges against the defendant are dropped.
Non-Conviction. The defendant forfeits or pays their bond in place of going to trial.
Non-conviction. There is no finding of guilt and the defendant is being discharged from trial but there are special conditions that must be followed. If the conditions are not followed, the discharge may be revoked in place of a finding of guilt.
An agreement or settlement to resolve a dispute between two parties without admission of guilt (in a criminal case) or liability (in a civil case) and most often refers to such a type of settlement in the United States.
Conviction. The defendant is found guilty of the charges.
Non-Conviction. Often seen in Fulton, GA. Not enough evidence that shows the defendant is guilty or that he is innocent. So case is set aside. If not brought back up, case is closed.
Non-conviction. There is no finding of guilt. Rather, the judgment is set aside for a specific amount of time and the defendant must follow any conditions set forth. Depending upon the state or county, the case may be dismissed if the defendant successfully follows the conditions.
Non-Conviction. The charges against the defendant are dropped. Not enough evidence to convict.
Non-Conviction. Not enough evidence to convict the defendant.
This case has not been to trial yet and is normally found in Virginia.
Guilty in Absentia
Conviction. The jury finds the defendant guilty without his appearance in court.
Conviction. It has been proven that the defendant committed the crime.
Non-Conviction. The case never went to trial. It was ignored by the state.
Misdemeanor Intervention Program
Non-conviction. This is a program designated only for misdemeanor offenses in which the defendant may comply to the conditions of the program in order to avoid a conviction.
Non-Conviction. The court dropped the case and did not continue with the charges.
Non-Conviction. The district attorney never sent the case to court and it was not tried.
No Information Filed
Non-Conviction. Mostly found in Florida. It means the case has been dropped.
Non-Conviction. The paperwork was never sent to the court by the district attorney and the case was never filed. Therefore, it was never brought to trial.
Conviction. This is Latin for "No Contest". This is a plea that the defendant claims and then the court considers the defendant guilty.
Prosecutor has declared that he will not prosecute the case at this time.
Non-Conviction. Latin for "Not Prosecuted." This means there was not enough evidence to convict the defendant. The case is dropped.
Non-Adjudication of Guilt
Non-Conviction. Same as adjudication withheld.
Non-Conviction. A jury or judge trial finding that the defendant is innocent.
The case has not been to trial at this time so there is no disposition to report.
Conviction. The defendant has pled guilty to the charges against him or her and the court accepts the plea as a conviction.
Prayer for Judgment
Non-Conviction. Deferred Prosecution, meaning state did not prosecute. Often seen in North Carolina. For example, with worthless checks it gives the defendant a chance to pay the check before being charged.
Non-conviction. A program the defendant is placed in before going to trial. If the defendant complies prior to trial time, the trial will not be held for the charge and the defendant is not convicted.
Non-Conviction. Defendant was not charged on this count due to being charged for another count.
Non-Conviction. The case never went to trial. The state refused to hear the case.
Non-Conviction. The case never went to trial. The state rejected the hearing of the case.
The case has not been to trial at this time. Found in North Carolina. A warrant, summons or paper from the district attorney's office was issued for delivery to the defendant to appear for trial; however, the defendant could not be located. Therefore, the case is technically pending, however, the paperwork was never served.
Non-Conviction. Will not prosecute at this time. Eligible to be re-opened for one year for a violation is committed during that time. After the one-year period, if no violations have been committed, it cannot be re-opened and the case is closed.
Stricken Off Leave
Non-Conviction. Often seen in Illinois. Stricken off docket with the ability to reinstate at a later date if deemed case can be prosecuted. This is often because the prosecutors run out of time to prosecute.
Conviction. Mainly found in the state of North Carolina. This means the defendant has waived his/her right to trial and has pled guilty to the charges. In turn, the court accepts the plea of guilt.
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Background Screening FAQ
No, federal criminal searches are searches of the U.S. Federal District Courts and are searched by jurisdiction. These searches provide results on suits filed by the federal government such as drug trafficking across state lines, gambling, kidnapping and bank robbery. Federal crimes are also categorized as misdemeanors or felonies.
Applicant Insight reports criminal results for a minimum of seven years and will report more if readily available through the court index or repository. Applicant Insight will not report a charge over seven years if it is unable to determine the disposition of the case.
Applicant Insight provides a National Criminal Insight Search. This searches a compilation of various databases such as county and state criminal databases, sex offender registries and more throughout the United States and is frequently referred to in the industry as a "national search". The clarification is that it does not search every county in every state. Rather, it casts a wide net and may very well pick up data in states that you might otherwise not run.
Applicant Insight will verify credentials, including technical or other training courses, as well as professional licenses such as insurance broker licenses. These two types of searches are done through different agencies, and occasionally the results are not available to the public.
The background screening industry incurs access fees for some of the searches performed. Examples of these are court fees, state driving record fees, automated verification fees, etc. Applicant Insight passes these fees directly to our clients as they occur. Applicant Insight has provided lists of known fees on this website.
County searches provide a narrow scope of search whereas statewide and national searches cast wider nets. The negative aspects to statewide searches is that the county courts may not regularly report case data to the state repositories; some statewide searches have long turnaround times, require high state fees and/or specific releases; and not every state has a statewide repository available to the public. National searches again cast a wide net, but do not cover every county in every state. When thinking about your due diligence, it is generally thought to be better to perform county searches where the applicant has revealed living and developed from a social security trace and then supplemented by statewide and National Criminal Insight searches.
There are extenuating circumstances that can delay results of searches. Typically, these are determined by court personnel or repository agencies. A researcher may be able to easily determine whether an applicant is clear in a court by checking a public access index, but have to submit the search to a court clerk for processing if there is a possible record. It is up to each court and its clerks to determine how quickly the results are returned. Applicant Insight compiles data of courts and jurisdictions where there are known turnaround delays and posts them to this site. Employers and educational institutions may also cause delays due to short staffing, poor record keeping, vacations, summer breaks, etc.
Our researchers will search every name submitted for each jurisdiction. Remember that researchers charge per name searches and so does Applicant Insight. It is fairly common to find records on an alternate name. One way you can limit your cost is to have the applicant identify during what years each name has been used. As an example, you would not run a woman's maiden name if she's been married for thirty years.
Applicant Insight does not employ legal staff and therefore, does not give legal advice to our clients. We have designated Compliance staff on-site who are knowledgeable about the industry, our sources and can answer general questions as well as point clients in the right direction to obtain specific information. Similarly, our senior management team has been in the industry for many years and is always happy to help clients with industry questions as needed.
Applicant Insight services clients nationally and is able to tailor your program to fit your organization through security level access to ordering, review of results, billing, etc.
When deciding what type of employment verification best suits your needs, you should consider what you do with the results as well as how likely you are to get more than a standard answer after all. More and more companies will not allow their management or supervisors speak to outside employers for fear of litigation. Rather, those calls are referred to Human Resources who only reveals the time of service, title, and perhaps whether the person is eligible for rehire. Your success rate for the completion of employment verifications will improve greatly if you determine at the setup of your account that you wish only to have basic verifications performed because we can go directly to HR for the results without trying to catch a supervisor on an often busy floor to call us back. For more information regarding verifications of employment and education searches, please read our Verifications Best Practices brochure.
Applicant Insight utilizes designated quality control personnel that review all results prior to releasing the report to our client. In addition, Applicant Insight utilizes our Compliance Department to perform monthly audits of our internal and external suppliers of information. Similarly, since all disputes come directly into our Compliance Department, any dispute yielding different information than originally provided results in thorough auditing.
Drug Testing FAQ
Drug test results are typically received within approximately 24 to 48 hours.
No, although the collector may ask. However, it does help to have prescriptions available in the event that you are contacted by the Medical Review Officer.
A specimen with creatinine and specific gravity values that are lower than expected for human urine.
For a Dot test, refer to CFR part 40 for company specifications. For Non Dot test, refer to your company policy.
The MRO receives the result from the lab and obtains all necessary paperwork. The MRO will then contact and interview the donor. The MRO will report out the result to Applicant Insight who will report the result to the company DER. The normal turnaround time for a non-negative result is 48 - 72 hours depending on the availability and cooperation of the donor with the MRO.
The initial screening process at the lab separates the negative from non-negative results. GCMS testing is an extremely accurate test that is completed on non-negative results which provides quantitative results for the presence of a specific drug or drug metabolite.
Multiple methods of drug testing are available through Applicant Insight. Please contact our Sales Department at email@example.com for further evaluation of your drug testing needs.
Please contact Applicant Insight’s Customer Service Department to obtain a status for drug test results.
Please contact Applicant Insight’s Clinical Services Department and we will facilitate contact with the MRO’s office.
Applicant Insight provides full Drug/Alcohol support such as SAP referral services, Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training, Random Program Management, etc.
Ai can assist in facilitating DOT Physicals, Audiograms, Pre-Placement Physical Exams, Blood Draws, PPD, Chest X-Rays, and various other services as required by our clients. Contact our Sales Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.