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How does a felony conviction affect future employment?

by | Jan 3, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Receiving a felony conviction comes with steep penalties and a sentence that you must serve before returning to your normal life. Even after repaying your debt to society, so to speak, having a felony conviction on record will likely continue to affect your life for many years to come.

In addition to the possibility of immediate loss of employment upon conviction, a felony may also affect your future career opportunities as well. You can plan the best path forward by understanding the possible effects of a felony conviction on your future employment.

Will a felony conviction make it difficult to get a job?

A felony conviction, especially one for a crime involving sexual assault or other forms of violence, will likely result in prohibition from certain professions. You may also be unable to pursue certain business licenses or permits. Some universities and higher education facilities are unwilling to accept applicants with a felony record as well.

Should you tell employers about your felony conviction?

Many employers conduct a criminal background check during the hiring process, which will reveal your felony conviction. Neglecting to mention your conviction on an application is a justifiable cause for termination due to misrepresentation. It is in your best interest to be honest about your criminal record and emphasize your ability to be a productive and trustworthy employee regardless of your past.

Having a felony conviction on your record radically affects your life in both the near and long term. You can give yourself the best chance at returning to a regular way of life by building a strong defense against the felony charges against you or by seeking expungement of your criminal history when eligible.