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The Impact of Criminal Charges on Future Employment

Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Navigating the job market can be tough as it is, but for individuals with a criminal record, the challenges can be significant. From limited job opportunities to difficulties obtaining professional licenses, the impact of a past conviction can be far-reaching.

One major hurdle is the job search. Employers often conduct background checks, and a criminal record might raise red flags, even if it does not directly relate to the job requirements.

While qualifications and interview performance play a role, a criminal record can be a deciding factor, potentially narrowing down career options and limiting long-term prospects. This does not mean a criminal record is an insurmountable barrier.

In many cases, an attorney can help people facing criminal charges mitigate the impact that their case will have on future employment. To learn more, contact us today to speak with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

Background Checks During Job Searches

When you are facing criminal charges, one of the biggest concerns that may arise is how it will affect your future employment opportunities. In today’s competitive job market, many employers conduct background checks to screen potential candidates.

This means that your criminal record could potentially come to light during a job search, which could significantly impact your chances of securing employment.

Limitations on Career Choices

Having a criminal record can limit your career choices in several ways. Certain industries, such as education, healthcare, and finance, have strict regulations and requirements when it comes to hiring individuals with criminal backgrounds.

This means that even if you have the qualifications and skills necessary for a particular job, your criminal record could prevent you from being considered for employment. Additionally, some employers may have company policies that prohibit them from hiring individuals with certain types of criminal records.

This could further narrow down your options and make it more challenging to find suitable employment.

Intersection of Criminal Records and Professional Licensing

In many professions, obtaining a professional license is a prerequisite for employment. However, a criminal record can pose a significant obstacle when it comes to obtaining or maintaining such licenses.

Licensing boards often conduct background checks and consider an applicant’s criminal history in their decision-making process. Certain criminal convictions, especially those related to fraud, theft, or violent offenses, may automatically disqualify you from obtaining certain professional licenses.

Even if your offense is unrelated to the profession you wish to pursue, it could still raise concerns about your character and suitability for the role.

What Employers Cannot Ask In California

In California, there are strict laws in place to protect individuals with criminal records from discrimination during the hiring process. Under California law, employers are prohibited from asking certain questions about an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Employers are not allowed to ask about arrests that did not result in conviction, participation in diversion programs, or convictions that have been sealed or expunged by the court. Furthermore, they cannot inquire about misdemeanor convictions that are over three years old or felony convictions that are over seven years old

Strategies for Addressing Criminal Records

If you are facing criminal charges while seeking employment, it is crucial to seek the guidance of an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney. They can help you understand your rights, navigate the complexities of the legal system, and develop strategies to address your criminal record during the job search process.

One possible strategy is to seek expungement or record sealing, depending on the circumstances of your case. Expungement allows you to have certain convictions dismissed and sealed from public view.

This can greatly improve your chances of obtaining employment, as potential employers will not have access to those records during background checks. Another strategy is to be upfront and honest about your criminal record when asked about it.

While it may feel uncomfortable, providing a sincere explanation of your past mistakes, the steps you have taken towards rehabilitation, and your commitment to personal and professional growth can help employers see you in a more favorable light.

Contact an Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Orange County and is concerned about the impact on future employment, contact the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636. Our experienced team understands the intricacies of the local courts, the judges, and the district attorneys.

We can provide the guidance and representation you need to protect your rights and mitigate the potential negative consequences on your opportunities for employment. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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