Paving The Way To Justice

Cassandra Stamm
Paving The Way To Justice

Can you get a job with a felony conviction on your record?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2023 | Criminal Law, Felonies

Few things in life have the potential to cause you more consternation than a criminal prosecution. After all, depending on the severity of the charges you are facing, you eventually might lose your freedom, pay stiff fines and encounter other consequences.

If your changes are felony ones, a conviction is likely to leave you with a criminal record for the remainder of your life. Regrettably, having a felony conviction on your record can make it exceedingly difficult to land your dream job.

Professional licensure

To perform certain jobs, such as working as an attorney or doctor, you must obtain a license. Professional licensing boards tend to conduct comprehensive background checks on those who want to obtain licenses. Often, a felony conviction precludes obtaining one. This means you might not be able to work in your chosen field.

Employment opportunities

Just as professional licensing boards perform background checks, many employers look into the backgrounds of applicants. If your intended employer is one of them, your felony conviction might result in the rejection of your applications. Indeed, according to reporting from CNBC, only 5% of hiring managers recruit candidates who have felony convictions.

Temporary agencies

If you cannot find a direct route to employment with your preferred employer, it might be tempting to work with a temporary employment agency. This has its challenges, though. Indeed, to limit their liability, many temp agencies opt not to place workers who have felony convictions on their records.

Ultimately, because finding employment with a felony conviction can be an uphill battle, you might want to mount a serious defense against any felony charges you are currently facing.