El Paso County Reconsiders Its Background Check Policies

Officials in El Paso County are taking a second look at how criminal background checks are processed after a Widefield School District bus driver was arrested recently on suspicion of criminal behavior. The bus driver’s background check had not revealed a guilty plea he entered in a separate case over a decade earlier.

The recent arrest was not related to the guilty plea on the bus driver’s record, but authorities claim the plea involved harboring a runaway, which should have disqualified the driver from working for a school district. Normally, a criminal background check of school district employees would have turned up the earlier guilty plea, but in the driver’s case, his background check did not. The background check also failed to show the man’s past traffic tickets.

Officials do not believe the bus driver was responsible for the fact that the guilty plea was missing from his background check. However, they are questioning why the information didn’t come up and how to fix the system so that background checks run in the future are accurate. Background checks typically include information on convictions, guilty pleas, and CO traffic violations. Fingerprints are commonly used to run background checks, as is information like a person’s name, driver’s license number, or Social Security number.

Background checks are one source of information employers use while hiring. A criminal conviction on a background check can seriously limit your employment and volunteer options. If you’re facing criminal charges in Colorado, the experienced El Paso, Colorado criminal defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free, confidential case evaluation.

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