Dealing with a criminal record is difficult. It can be even more burdensome when you apply for a new job and may need to disclose the case.
Generally, most employers will ask on an application: “Have you ever been convicted?” The answer to this question will vary depending on the status of the casework on your record.
For example, if you have not expunged your conviction, you will need to disclose the case on the application. If you have expunged your conviction, you will be able to legally deny the existence of the case, unless it is an application for state licensing, contracting with the state lottery, or running for public office.
In regards to arrests that never led to a conviction, you would be able to legally deny the existence of the case, unless the question is broader. For example, if the question is: “Have you ever been arrested or convicted?” You’d have to answer yes, even if you just have an arrest on the record. To resolve the issue, a record sealing of an arrest will allow you the opportunity to deny the existence of the arrest.
The question about having a criminal record can feel unavoidable. To prevent doors from closing or having to face the embarrassment of dealing with an old issue, be sure to expunge or seal your casework prior to applying for any jobs.
Not sure what your case qualifies for? Reach out to our team of experts at The Law Firm of Lifeback Legal to help verify your eligibility at 888-751-5329. Lifeback Legal is a division of the Law Firm of Shea M. Randall, a trusted California Law Firm. We specialize in helping individuals get their life back with California criminal record expungements and federal licensing services.
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