Facing criminal charges can have far-reaching consequences beyond the courtroom especially with employment and future opportunities. In this newsletter, we shed light on this crucial aspect of post-conviction life and offer insights to help you make informed decisions.
The Ripple Effect
A criminal record can cast a long shadow on various aspects of your life, with employment being one of the most significant. Many employers conduct background checks as a standard part of their hiring process. A criminal record, even for a minor offense, might lead to missed job opportunities, stalled career growth, and limited professional prospects. In Texas, employers have the right to consider an applicant’s criminal history when making hiring decisions. However, the extent to which criminal records influence these decisions varies depending on the nature of the offense, its relevance to the job, and other factors. It’s crucial to be aware of your rights and limitations when seeking employment with a criminal record.
Expungement and Sealing of Records
Thankfully, Texas law provides avenues for individuals to mitigate the impact of a criminal record. Expungement and record sealing are legal processes that, under specific circumstances, can either remove certain offenses from your record or limit access to them. These options can significantly improve your chances of securing employment and pursuing future opportunities.
Crafting a Positive Narrative
While a criminal record can present challenges, it doesn’t define your entire story. Employers often appreciate candidates who have taken steps toward rehabilitation, personal growth, and positive change. Highlighting your efforts to better yourself can go a long way in interviews and discussions about your criminal history.
When it comes to disclosing a criminal record during job applications, honesty is usually the best policy. Many employers appreciate transparency, and failing to disclose a record that comes up during a background check can lead to even more adverse consequences. However, the timing and manner of disclosure can make a difference, and consulting with legal professionals is advisable.
Our Support for Your Future
If you have questions about expungement, record sealing, or navigating the aftermath of a conviction, our legal team is here to provide guidance and support. Reach out to us for more information.
Remember that your criminal record doesn’t have to be an insurmountable obstacle. With the right strategies and legal assistance, we’ll make sure your future’s bright.