Arrested? Dismissed? Convicted? Sealed? Expunged? If you are arrested, in this country, your file is forever marked as such. It doesn't matter what happens next or finally. Every BON will know you were arrested, and if it was dismissed it does not matter- you are marked, for life. Your RAP sheet will always and forever indicate that arrest. Every BON will ask if you have ever been arrested, and expunged , sealed, dismissed, etc. means nothing to them. Therefore, regardless of what wording is used on any work application, for the remainder of your life, you may as well tell them you were arrested, for what, the end result, and be upfront. Since every BON, a government agency, knows every detail- the potential exists for every employer to also know every detail. there is simply no waht whatsoever to play word tricks.