If my record is expunged can I answer no truthfully or should I answer yes and explain?

“I want to apply for a CPA license in Georgia. I was convicted of 2 counts of misdemeanor conversion in 1991 in Indiana. I have since had my record expunged. The question on the application asks if you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.”


I don’t practice law in Indiana and I am not familiar with their Expungement laws, so I cannot say if Indiana Expungements work the same as a Georgia Expungement. In Georgia if you are Convicted of a Crime, even a Misdemeanor crime like you were in Indiana, the CONVICTION CANNOT BE EXPUNGED. So in my opinion the answer to the question would be “yes”. I am not a CPA so I don’t have any experience with the requirements of becoming a CPA in Georgia. I would relate this to an employer/employee type of issue. I believe that it is much better to be honest with a potential employer and explain the circumstances of the conviction than to try and hide an issue. I would have much more respect for an applicant that was Honest and Upfront about this type of issue than I would if they tried to HIDE the truth. In fact, if an otherwise satisfactory employee was caught hiding this type of information that could very well lead to Firing the employee. I know this might not be the answer you were looking for, but I believe it would be technically correct and the honest answer.

George McCranie – Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA