I have a bachelor's in aerospace engineering, and currently doing my masters in mechanical&aerospace. I would like to work in the aerospace industry upon graduation. I am interested in companies such as Space X, Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed, NASA, etc... and I presume most of these would require a security clearance of some sort? I was involved in a non-physical altercation (argument) with my ex-girlfriend last year and was charged with several misdemeanors, including domestic violence. She called the police on me and I was arrested. The probable cause of my arrest and for my criminal charges are based on HER words alone according to the police report. The state I was arrested in has enacted some very strict domestic violence laws in the recent decade due to an unfortunate accident that occurred about a decade ago. The state law mandates that someone must be arrested and charged with domestic violence regardless of what happened and what evidence is present. If 911 is called in a domestic relations situation, someone is going to jail and will be criminally changed with domestic violence; there is no exception. The district attorney in charge of my case was about to dismiss the case; however, the alleged victim pressured/convinced him into prosecuting me and we had to take the matter to trial. I was considering hiring a criminal defense attorney, but opted not to. At trial, I pled the 5th and did not testify. In domestic violence cases in my state, the alleged victim has a lot of say when it comes to not dismissing a case. I was acquitted at jury trial of all charges. I also had no criminal history prior to this incident. Even though I was acquitted, I was reading that a lot of companies will not hire you if you have any kind of criminal background, especially with something like domestic violence, even if there's been on conviction. I read that dismissed charges and "not guilty" verdicts are still viewed by some employers as if that person did commit the crime. I also read that criminal charges can lead to denial of security clearance. Does anyone have insight in the prospects of getting hired in the aerospace industry with a criminal background? A lot of the things I read are really demoralizing. During any job interview, I'm sure I would have to disclose this and possibly answer questions. I feel like anyone with a criminal history would advocate their innocent, so I don't see the point in doing this because no one is going to know if I'm innocent or not. So if am I asked to explain myself, I wouldn't even know how to about it. Of course I would like to advocate my innocence, but I feel like everyone does this and it wouldn't help me. I have the option of having my arrest and previous charges sealed/expunged by the court, but I don't know how helpful this would be since I think the really thorough background checks will still pick up sealed records.