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Getting a good job after a conviction

Criminal convictions can follow people for years, if not the rest of their lives. Parties who do not have a proper criminal defense in place may face harsh penalties and even more hardship after they have paid the price for their infractions.

Thankfully, procedures are in place that can help to cultivate a better life after a conviction. Particularly when it comes to getting a job, there are a few avenues worth considering.

Knowing the law

Simply having a conviction can disqualify people from certain jobs. However, discrimination policies are in place that prevent some employers from using a conviction against job applicants. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects a few different parties from instances of discrimination, including those with convictions on their records. It may be helpful to become familiar with such discrimination laws, as well as Florida's employment screening and labor laws, to fully understand a person's rights to consideration for work.

Knowing your record

Some may be surprised at the number of criminal records that are incorrect. Therefore, it is critical that people review their records to ensure that they contain the correct information. If parties find that their records show incorrect convictions, it may be beneficial to consult with an attorney to get them rectified. Depending upon the charge and length of time from conviction, it may be possible to request an expungement of the charges.

Developing skills

Those with a knack for or interest in certain fields may be able to build those skills and secure quality employment. Some of the common fields that people with convictions are able to flourish in include:

  • Construction
  • IT
  • Culinary Arts

These and other skilled trades allow people to specialize in an area and maintain consistent work. People who are business savvy may be able to open their own companies and work for themselves.

Considering these different avenues can help to open up various opportunities. Someone with a criminal conviction should take some time to review the law, check records, and consider what skills he or she can develop and use to expand career horizons.

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