How to Get a Job if You Have a Criminal Record

How to Get a Job if You Have a Criminal Record

Are you seeking employment, but worried that your criminal record may be an issue? You’re not alone. The National Employment Law Project suggests that 65 million Americans (that’s 1 in 4) have arrest or conviction records that may haunt them when they apply for a job. While you have no control over past mistakes, you can control how you conduct yourself and how you conduct your job search. Knowing your rights, as well as hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you, can help you get the fresh start you deserve.

Know what employers will consider. Generally, employers will look negatively at any criminal activity including arrests or convictions for misdemeanor or felony crimes. However, some crimes can be looked at with greater scrutiny such as:

Read the application carefully. While you are required to be honest about your background, you do not need to offer more information than necessary on a job application.

  • Does the application ask if you have been arrested or convicted? If the application only asks for convictions, then you do not need to disclose arrests that resulted in a dismissal. In addition, if you received a withhold of adjudication on a plea, you do not need to disclose that fact because it is not considered a conviction under Florida law.
  • Does the application ask if you were arrested or convicted of a felony? If so, you do not need to disclose arrests or convictions for misdemeanor offenses.
  • Does the application give a time range for criminal arrests or convictions? If so, you do not need to disclose arrests or convictions that occurred prior to the time range they are requesting.
  • Did you previously have a charge sealed or expunged? If yes, then you do not legally need to disclose that on the application.

Know which offenses are on your record. You can search your record in several ways:

If you can seal or expunge your records so they don’t come back on an employer’s background check, do it.

In Florida, you can expunge, seal or otherwise "hide" your criminal record. Once your record is sealed or expunged, it's as if the crime never happened. Afterward, you can legally say to your potential employer, that you were never charged or convicted of a crime.

Contact an attorney to ask whether or not an offense can be sealed or expunged from your record. You are more than likely not a lawyer. The law is complicated and sealing or expunging criminal charges can be the difference between you getting a job or not. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Call Hubbs Law in South Florida

At Hubbs Law, we have a proven track record of success is having previous convictions sealed and expunged from criminal records. If you would like more information or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorneys, please contact our Miami-based law firm at 305-665-9040.


Please note that by reading this blog you are not entering into an attorney-client relationship with Hubbs Law, P.A. This blog only provides general legal information. Every case is unique and you should request a consultation to ensure that you are getting the correct legal advice for your specific case.

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