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Finding a Job Once You Have a Criminal Record

If you have a criminal record, you may find that starting over with a clean slate can be somewhat challenging, particularly when it comes to finding a job. These days, many employers will run background checks on all applicants, or you will be required to disclose any prior convictions during the application process. The following tips can help you get over this hurdle when it comes to finding a job with a criminal record:


Depending on the details of your situation and your case, your criminal record may be eligible for expungement. This means that your criminal record is erased and it was like it never happened. Not every case will qualify for an expungement, but it’s important to speak with a criminal defense attorney to go over your options and see what’s available to you. For instance, if you are not eligible for a record expungement, you may be able to get your records sealed. Sealing a record won’t get rid of it entirely, but it will make it private.

Explain Your Situation

The worst thing you can do is lie about your criminal record or try to hide it if you’re asked during the application process. If the truth surfaces, it can be difficult to explain, and you may not get the opportunity. Be the one to bring it up and explain your situation. Everyone makes mistakes and upfront honesty is always appreciated, and you may find an employer who understands this and is willing to give you a chance.


It’s important to showcase your skills and qualifications so that people will look past your criminal record. Talk to friends, family members, recruiters and hiring managers and tell them what you’re looking for and what you can provide as a worker. Remember that the job market in general is competitive, so you’ll want to highlight your abilities first and foremost.

Know Your Rights

You won’t always have to disclose a criminal past, so be sure to understand your rights before doing so. For example, if you were arrested but not convicted, you may not need to disclose this information. An attorney can help you understand what your rights are when it comes to finding a job with a criminal history.
Are you facing criminal charges? It’s critical to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Whether it’s for yourself or for a loved one, a criminal defense attorney will fight relentlessly for the best possible outcome. Contact our criminal defense attorneys today for more information and to get started.

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