In today’s economic environment many people are seeking employment and new career paths. Oftentimes job seekers are surprised to learn that prospective employers will not only secure a credit report on the applicant, but also a criminal record report. Employers become very selective and may never give an applicant a second glance if a criminal record exists. Your criminal record impacts your employment possibilities. Here is an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal.
If you have a criminal record, no matter how old you were at the time of the conviction, there are three different legal methods for cleaning up your criminal record. The first is an Expungement; the second is a Certificate of Rehabilitation; and the third is a Pardon.
Here is a real-life example of one client’s experience when a past criminal record threatened to impact securing a state license for a new career.
CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION (California Penal Code Section 4852.01 and sequential)
“I was convicted of the criminal charge concerning conspiracy to sell a controlled substance under Health and Safety Code Section 11352 over 20 years ago in an Orange County Superior Court. I was sentenced to three years of formal probation, which I successfully completed, with a suspended state prison term of five years. I was 26 years old at the time and this has been the only criminal offense on my record. I applied to the Respiratory Care Board of California to become licensed as a respiratory therapist, but my application was denied as a result of my criminal record. This cut my salary in half. I was informed that to “clean” my record, I had to do an Expungement, Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon. A Certificate of Rehabilitation is the second step toward a Pardon. Mr. Bruzzo filed a Certificate of Rehabilitation on my behalf, which was GRANTED. Because it was granted, the Certificate of Rehabilitation became an automatic Pardon application. Mr. Bruzzo’s legal knowledge and experience truly benefited me in my case.” ~ GA Date:11/10/09