While you’re hunting for a new job, you may see a few familiar patterns popping up—all employers want cover letters, they all want references, and they all want to perform background checks. All of these are relatively routine, but if you have a criminal record, that last point may present a problem.
If you’ve ever been arrested, charged, or convicted, it will show up on your criminal record. While this is enough to make anybody nervous, there are some steps that you can take to protect yourself while you’re applying for jobs.
When you’re applying for jobs and you have a criminal record, it’s important to remember a few things. In this situation—as in all situations—you are entitled to certain legal rights. It could prove critically important for you to be aware of them.
Here’s what you need to know:
The best thing you can do to ensure that you are not refused a job on the basis of your criminal record is to get your record sealed. Sealing your record ensures that virtually no one—including potential employers—will be able to see it.
Not all crimes are eligible to be sealed, but some can. Crimes that are eligible to be sealed include dismissals or deferred judgments and petty offense convictions such as petty drug offenses.
In order to get your record sealed, you must:
If none of the involved parties object, you will be able to seal your record and virtually no one will be able to access it. If any of the involved parties object, however, your case will have to be reviewed in court. A knowledgeable attorney will help you ensure that things go smoothly.
If you would like to take the steps to seal your record and ensure that your past mistakes do not affect your future plans, an experienced local attorney will be able to help. Contact our law offices today for more information.