Don’t let a criminal charge ruin your employement chances

by | Apr 8, 2016 | Criminal Defense

Almost all employment applications have a section that asks if you have any criminal convictions within a certain period of time. If you have been convicted of a crime, that section might quickly turn into the bane of your existence. Another component of the hiring process at some companies might be something akin to a nightmare — the criminal background check.

We know that people make mistakes. It is understandable that you don’t want your mistake to dictate what you can and can’t do for the rest of your life. When it comes to the effects of criminal cases, your employment prospects can be greatly diminished by a conviction.

You should understand that Pennsylvania law is very strict when it comes to how employers can use information about applicants. In the case of a background check, which includes a criminal background check, the information that is found can only be used if it will have a direct impact on the person’s suitability for a job. For example, if a person has a criminal conviction for statutory rape, that would bar them from working with children, but might not have an impact on a job in a factory.

We know that you might have some concerns about how your case could affect your ability to support yourself financially. We can help you to learn about how the specific charges you are facing might affect you later in life. We can also help you to explore different options for your defense. This might include plea bargains, strategies for trial or alternative programs for which you may be eligible.