A criminal record should not prevent you from finding employment. Employers are increasing conducting background checks as part of the hiring process. A past criminal conviction from years ago may make it impossible to find work.
Many talented people are prevented from re-entering the work force everyday.
Employment discrimination based on past criminal history is common and
In California, it is illegal to discriminate based on a vacated criminal conviction. In California the law allows certain individuals with old criminal records to petition the court to clear criminal offense from the record. If you have successfully completed probation filing a petition with the court to clear (vacate), reduce, or seal past offenses may be possible.
Once a judge grants the petition an individual does not have to disclose a cleared conviction when applying for a job, to a school, or for housing. An employer cannot illegally discriminate you in the hiring process.
Clearing a criminal record is a great way to put the past behind you and open up opportunities, allowing individuals to focus on the future.
Getting a “Certificate of Actual Innocence”
A Certificate of Actual Innocence is perhaps the most powerful form of getting you record clear. This certificate does more than seal a prior record, it proves that a record should never have existed at all.
Drug Crimes and Juvenile Offenses
In many jurisdictions, people who have been arrested or convicted for drug crimes and juvenile offenders may have an easier path to record clearing.
Many people arrested for drug offenses are eligible for diversion programs. These programs typically provide for the vacating of records following the satisfactory completion of a program.
Learning more about clearing a criminal record is an important step in advancing your career.
TheBetterStart.com is an online legal service providing an array of criminal record clearing and post convictions services. The Better Start was founded by attorney Shan Potts.
About the author
Shan Potts, Esq., is an attorney practicing criminal defense and immigration law. He has successfully counseled hundred on the effects of criminal records and post conviction defense.