Getting a job can be quite challenging, with over 10 million people in the United States currently underemployed. The search can be even more difficult if you have a criminal record, whether for a misdemeanor or a felony. Ben Casselman’s article for FiveThirtyEight Economics describes the extent of the nationwide problem:
One reason the issue has become so pressing is the large and growing number of Americans who have criminal records — and the evidence that many of those Americans are effectively shut out of the job market. According to one 2010 study, 12 million to 14 million people had felony convictions in 2008, about half of whom spent time in prison.3 The National Employment Law Project estimates that 70 million people — a quarter of U.S. adults — have an arrest history that can show up on a background check, whether or not they were convicted. Ex-offenders are disproportionately poor, less educated and black or Hispanic — groups that often struggle to find work even without criminal records. The slow economic recovery has made it even harder.
A lot of employers are concerned whether their employees have had any criminal history. In a 2010 study, over 92% of employers conduct criminal background checks on potential hires. Many employers also disqualify applicants for specific violations like drug violations, while some immediately halt the hiring process for anyone who is found to have a criminal record. In case you have ever been convicted of any crime, hiring a criminal record expungement attorney from Sacramento can help your chances of getting employed.
The expungement process can be quite complicated. In California, you have to go through a process called “dismissal.” This involves reopening the case and having your conviction of the crime dismissed. Afterwards, you can honestly state that you have never committed a crime when asked by a potential employer, and any background checks will reflect this. Of course, the law takes this seriously, which means a seasoned Sacramento expungement lawyer from a firm like The Chastaine Law Office will have to guide you through the dismissal process and advise what you need to do.
Before you file for dismissal, though, you’ll have to be sure that you are eligible. You may only qualify if you were convicted for an misdemeanor, or felony and have received any combination of county jail time, probation, or fine. A dismissal won’t be possible if you’re still in jail or on probation. Another exception would be if you were convicted of a sex crime against a minor or have violated some parts of the California Vehicle Code. Moreover, if you ever ended up in a state prison, you can only apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.