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Life after criminal charges: getting back to work

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2020 | Post-conviction Relief |

Criminal charges can impact every aspect of your life, from finding a new job to applying for housing. Even a record of being arrested could make it difficult to find employment. However, it is possible to get your career back on track even after these legal difficulties.

If necessary, get your driver’s license reinstated or apply for a new license.

For many, finding employment can depend on whether they have a valid driver’s license. If your license has been suspended or revoked as a part of your sentence, applying for a new driver’s license is an important step in getting your life back on track. For license suspensions, this could involve paying fines or requesting limited driving privileges that would allow you to drive to work. For revocation, this involves going through the license application process again.

Be honest in your applications

During the application process, you may find that employers are hesitant to hire you because of the conviction on your record. However, it is important to tell the truth in your applications and interviews when asked. When this question comes up, it is important that you are open and honest with your potential employer about your criminal record. Lying or trying to avoid the question could turn hesitation into refusal, while a forthright answer could give you the chance to discuss their concerns and alleviate them.

Consider requesting that your record be set aside.

Some estimate that unemployment after conviction is as much as 27% in the United States, much of that is due to having this conviction on your background check. It is possible, though, to request that this conviction be expunged from your record. If you were charged with a crime but the charges were dismissed or you were acquitted, you could petition to have your record set aside immediately if you meet certain criteria. If you were found guilty, served your time and have not had difficulties with the law since, you may also be eligible for expungement.

While employment after you have been charged with a crime can be difficult, it is possible to get your career and your life back on track.