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If I Have a Criminal Record, Can I Get a Job?

Having any kind of criminal record can make it more difficult for you get into the profession that you desire. That being said however, it really depends on policies of the employer you are interested in.

Know your Offenses

Before you even apply for any jobs, make sure you know exactly what is on your record. If you’re not sure of the specifics you will not be able to answer questions fully and accurately which does not look good to potential employers.

Look Hard

Finding work is hard work and looking for a job is a full time job in itself. This is especially true if you have a criminal record as many employers are skeptical right off the bat.


No matter what, DO NOT try to cover up or lie about any criminal activity. If you do choose to lie and the potential employer finds out, you will probably not get the job. If they catch one lie before they’ve even hired you, how will they ever trust you.

Be Ready with Documentation

Say you landed that interview and the employer looks you straight in the eye and asks you to explain your criminal record. When this happens, remember to be completely honest and to carefully clarify your unique situation. It is helpful if you have all the documentation with you like record of jail time, restitution or anything of the sort. When you have all the information a potential employer is more likely to trust you because you are not trying to hide anything.

Pay Attention to the Questions

The only time you can leave out a previous offense is if it is outside of the time period asked for. For example some employers will as the question: Have you been accused or convicted of a crime in the past 10 years. In this case you answer honestly and if your offense happened 12 years ago there is no need to notify your employer of it unless you feel the need to.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Once again, it is important to research the policies of the company you are applying for to see if a person with a criminal record will be rejected right out or will be taken under consideration. You may not be considered for a position with a lot of responsibility but it is important to remember that once you have your foot in the door you can work hard and prove to your employer that you are an asset to their company.

If you need representation do not hesitate to call criminal defense attorney Kris Jensen at (206) 617 -9173

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