Everyone Has Made Mistakes, but Employers May Not be Understanding

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

More likely than not, you’ve done something in the past that you regret. If that regret happened to carry a criminal offense, it may be something that can cause major problems in the future. Although family and friends may be forgiving of past mistakes, potential employers don’t know you that well. Employers tend to be a lot less understanding of your past and rightfully so. Employers can’t possibly know the true character of every potential candidate. That being said, employers have an obligation to their stakeholders to find the most suitable employees. Hiring someone with a criminal past is certainly not as appealing to an employer as someone with a “clean” record.

The fact of the matter is that employers only have a limited amount of information to rely upon when screening potential candidates. Data on criminal offenses is certainly stronger than a personal or professional reference. Therefore, employees hold criminal background checks as a valuable resource. A poor hiring decision can prove to be extremely costly to an organization. The possibility of a potential lawsuit or the additional costs associated with replacing an unethical employee is more than enough to justify background checks. In fact, it is estimated that nearly seventy percent of all employers in the United States conduct criminal background checks prior to hiring. That number is even higher when considering more lucrative types of employment.

Employers now have access to a plethora of screening services and background checks are becoming increasingly thorough. Criminal charges may be hindering your career and perhaps unnecessarily so. Every criminal offense is unique and certain convictions are not eligible for expungement. However, many items on a criminal record are able to be expunged. Expungement refers to a legal process where certain records including: criminal complaints, arrests, warrants, fingerprints, and other items may become inaccessible through background checks. Furthermore, expungement often waives the ability of the court or other law enforcement to hold those particular items against you in legal proceedings. Feel free to give the attorneys at Charles Block a call to discuss expungements in more detail.