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The King County Sheriff's Office will disqualify any candidate whose background includes the following.


  • As an adult, convicted of any drug crime, felony or misdemeanor
  • Use of mushrooms within the last three (3) years
  • Use of hallucinogens (includes GHB & ecstasy; excludes mushrooms), cocaine, methamphetamine, or opiates within the last ten (10) years
  • Use of any other illegal drug, including steroids, within the last five (5) years
  • Illegal use of four (4) or more different controlled substances, including marijuana, in the last ten (10) years
  • Any instance of manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs for the purpose of sale or distribution
  • Use of any illegal drugs while employed in a criminal justice capacity
  • Obtaining a prescription under false pretenses
  • Any instance of illegally injected amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, barbiturates, or valium
  • Any instance of illegally using a drug after submitting an application to any Law Enforcement agency
  • Marijuana use will reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, in order to increase the likelihood of continuing on in the hiring and background process, an applicant should not have used Marijuana in the last 12 months

Criminal Activity

  • Any adult felony convictions 
  • Any adult misdemeanor conviction for crimes involving theft or crimes of violence 
  • Conviction of Minor In Possession of Alcohol within the last three (3) years 
  • Any conviction for a sex related crime 
  • Any instance of required registration as a sex offender, regardless of conviction status 
  • Any conviction for solicitation of prostitution


  • Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol within the last ten (10) years  
  • Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol more than once 
  • As an adult, conviction of Attempting to Elude, or Hit and Run 
  • As an adult, conviction of Reckless or Negligent Driving 1st degree in in the last 5 years
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked reviewed on a case-by-case basis

Domestic Violence

  • Any conviction for any crime classified as a Domestic Violence offense


  • Any discharge from any military service other than honorable will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • A dishonorable discharge remains an automatic disqualifier