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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Sep 24, 2013

If you’ve recently been charged with a crime, you might be wondering how a felony conviction could affect your future employment. Your options might be limited, but it’s not impossible to find career opportunities.

Truth be told, employers typically frown upon hiring ex-convicts because they view them as liabilities. Your reputation has been significantly damaged and will take time to build any trust among the general public when push comes to shove. The first step is acknowledging your conviction.

You’re required by law to disclose your criminal history to any potential employer. While it may be tempting to avoid disclosure to increase your chances of finding work, a cursory background will be conducted which should reveal your conviction. Lying about your criminal history will immediately annul any opportunity you had of being hired.

How can you increase your chances of finding work? Employment applications will allow for you to explain your felony conviction. You can additionally look to secure a letter of recommendation from a prosecuting attorney or judge for successful rehabilitation.

Consider the industry you’re applying within – does you felony conviction have any relevance toward the job? Employers are especially hesitant to hire you if they foresee any scenario in which you could commit the action again. You may need to consider an industry that requires different training or skills.

Play the odds and don’t overcomplicate what employment is preferable in your circumstances. You’ll need money and experience to properly rebound from a felony conviction.

A felony conviction in the state of Arizona will make finding work opportunities in the future difficult to come by. Make sure you seek out legal representation to defend your employment prospects.