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CAN A MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION IMPACT YOUR EMPLOYMENT?

Many employers require reporting criminal history as part of an employment application. This is often true for both felony and misdemeanor convictions. Misdemeanors on an employment application often hurt your chances of winning a job. Almost one-third of 23 year olds have misdemeanor convictions. Many states and employers want to improve the employment impacts of misdemeanor convictions. 
 

What is a “Minor Misdemeanor” Charge? 

Both federal and state courts classify misdemeanors as a “minor charge”. Minor charges rank as the least harmful for the accused. A minor charge can include:
 
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DWI)
 
  • Drug possession offenses
 
  • Resisting arrest, Obstructing an officer
 
These and other crimes generally result in a conviction. Convictions often include a fine, less than one year of jail time or, more commonly, probation. Even with a misdemeanor conviction, an individual can often experience future consequences. The expungement team at Bury Your Past can help you prepare for a brighter future. 
 

Employment Applications 

Sifting through a tall stack of employment application can become tedious. Which applicants lose interest first? Most often, it’s those with criminal convictions. In many states, employers only ask for applicants to report felonies or misdemeanors within the last seven years.
 

Taking a Positive Approach to a Misdemeanor Conviction

A few steps help to ensure misdemeanor convictions do not ruin the chances of securing a dream job. One of the first calls after an arrest should be to a lawyer. A good lawyers will prepare for future expungement options. Expungement means you are not required to report the even on employment applications. Too many people simply give up on securing a quality job because of their criminal record. For most, the first step after a misdemeanor conviction should be a full expungement. Call Bury Your Past to clear your misdemeanor arrest and criminal record. 
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