When you have committed a crime and you are faced with a plea bargain, you may instantly consider the fact that you could spend time in prison and this may scare you. The long-term consequences of whatever you choose could follow you the rest of your life, which is what happens to many people every year after a crime has been committed. Many people think about these long-term consequences, one of the biggest being the fact that they may miss out on certain job opportunities because of their actions. However, in the future when your employer asks you about your criminal history, you may have taken steps to improve your life and get yourself back on track, which will show your responsibility.
How a Crime May Affect Your Chance at a Dream Job
In the future, you may have great plans for yourself or a dream career in mind. However, you may also know that there are consequences of a crime conviction and may wonder if your chances for scoring this job are slim to none. In 2010, a survey was conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management that revealed up to 92% of employers conduct criminal background checks. Some employers to this day will disqualify applicants for certain offenses, while other employers will not even consider an applicant with any type of criminal record. When you apply for a job and you have a background, you should always be honest. In our modern times, a wide variety of employers will check backgrounds, such as those in nursing positions, childcare, home care providers, and those who work in public schools.
Why Expungement May be the Best Option
If you have received a conviction at some point in your past and you worry about how it will affect you for years to come, you may consider expungement, which is starting fresh with a sealed criminal record. Because you have to be honest about your convictions, this is usually the best option for you. If you successfully expunge your record under California law, you can truthfully answer “no” when somebody asks you whether or not you have a criminal record.
You have protections even when you have been convicted of a crime in the past. With record expungement, many states give you the option to deny that the offense took place. When you have a criminal conviction looming over your past, take steps to move forward in the future. Speak to us today at The Law Office of Peter Blair so we can help you find out what options you have to pave the way to a better future.