Having a criminal record can be difficult when one is in search of a job. Employers are put in a difficult position of deciding whether they should hire an individual whom has completed their sentence and paid their debt to society. Many job areas that include interaction with children, elderly and the disabled are encouraged to take such precautions.
During the application/interview process one should be honest about their criminal record. Lying only leads to termination and other complications.
Consider these facts if you reside in California
-Employers cannot ask about your “arrest only records”
– if you were convicted of certain marijuana-related crime and two years have passed since the case ended or has been closed one does not need to report such record
– if you were arrested for being intoxicated in public and no criminal charges were filed in court there is no need to report
– if you were arrested for being intoxicated and were taken to a hospital for treatment instead of being charged with a crime your arrest is considered a “detention” which would allow you to answer no to questions regarding being arrested
-there are procedures to judicially erase a criminal offense such as a misdemeanor or if one has received a certificate of rehabilitation under Penal Code 1203.4
By seeking professional assistance of an attorney one is able to go back to court to seal or expunge certain offenses. If you have any questions feel free to get in contact with me.
Remember once you have obtained a job be sure to do your best to keep the job. Re-building your resume is key in order to escalate your way into the work force.