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Employment After a Felony Conviction

September 06, 2016 by Seppi Esfandi in Attorney  Criminal Defense   Leave a Comment
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Avoid a Felony at All Cost

A felony conviction can be devastating to your search for gainful employment, as most reputable companies and desired job positions will merit some form of background check.

Depending on the nature of your felony, there are certain jobs that can be impossible to get. For instance, if you have a felony DUI on your record, you will be unable to get a job that requires driving, such as truck driving. Another thing to keep in mind is that most jobs that involve working with kids will likely not hire someone with a felony on their record.

Here is a list of positions that you cannot be hired for with a felony conviction on your record:

  • Members of the securities industry
  • Insurance brokers
  • Members of the retail banking industry 
  • Medical doctors and other workers in the health care field
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Fiduciaries for trusts
  • Real estate brokers and salespersons
  • Architects
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • School administrators
  • And many more

This is because most of these jobs involve significant amounts of money, personal information or working with children and unfortunately employers are wary of hiring people with felonies on their records to be in those situations. If there is a licensing board, such as for insurance brokers, lawyers and psychologists, these boards are the ones that prohibit felonies on your record in order to be cleared.

There are, however, two options that may be available to you that will drastically improve your job prospects, and possibly allow you to obtain a job listed above. These two options are dropping your felony to a misdemeanor, or expunging your felony from your record.

In order to reduce your felony to a misdemeanor first you have to have been convicted of a “wobbler”. A wobbler is a crime that can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. The other requirement is that you were given probation and successfully completed it. If you meet both of these criteria, an experience criminal defense lawyer can attempt to convince the judge that your crime should be reclassified as a misdemeanor.

Once you have reduced your felony to a misdemeanor, you can petition the court to expunge your record. In order to qualify, you cannot be charged with, on probation for or convicted of any current offense. [1]

Reducing a felony to a misdemeanor and expunging your record are both complicated and delicate situations that if handled incorrectly will not succeed. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your case in order to maximize your chance for success.

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[1] Penal Code Section 1203.4 

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