Getting a Job with a Felony Conviction in Utah
Finding a job in today’s economy can be tough enough even without a criminal record. As is all to common if an individual has been branded a “convicted felon,” finding employment can seem next to impossible. If you are having difficulty finding work as a result of your criminal record, a criminal defense attorney can help.
Many employers are very concerned with the backgrounds of people they intend to hire. For most jobs, due to the ease of online searches and information gathering you most likely will be subject to a criminal background check. Even if the employer doesn’t run a formal background check, many employment applications ask about your criminal record. Many even run google searches looking for mugshots.
If the decision comes down to two equally qualified candidates, one with a felony conviction and one without . . . it is fairly easy to predict who will get the job.
There are potential solutions to this problem that many people overlook. With the help of a Utah criminal defense attorney, you may be able to clean up your record.
An expungement gives you the chance to wipe a conviction off your record. Once your record is expunged, you can answer most job applications as though the conviction never happened.
Unfortunately, expungements have become harder to obtain as the Utah legislature has tightened the requirements for eligibility. But even if you are not eligible for an expungement, there may still be a way to remove a felony conviction from your record.
More often overlooked is the option of having an old conviction reduced. A Utah “402” reduction gives a person who has successfully completed probation the chance to have the level of their conviction reduced. This can bring a felony conviction down to a misdemeanor level, and can allow you to honestly answer “no” when asked if you have been convicted of a felony.
In today’s job market, you need every advantage you can get. Don’t let your criminal record hold you back if you are eligible to have it expunged or reduced.