Can an arrest record lower your chances of finding job in Florida?
As anyone who has had a run-in with the law knows, getting back on your feet and re-entering law-abiding society can be a challenge. People view you differently—including employers. While potential employers are not required to do background checks for most positions, they are legally entitled to, and doing so can help protect them from certain types of liability. As a result, they’ve got a great deal of incentive to do so. Therefore, you can expect Florida arrest records to impact your job opportunities in the state of Florida.
If you were incarcerated for a minor offense, then your potential employer mightchoose to overlook it. But if you spent time in jail for a serious offense or even a felony, then you will have plenty of explanations to make.
What can you do to increase your chances of getting the job?
You have basically three options:
- You can ignore your record hoping your future employer will not check your background. That is a bet that might cost you the job you want so much.
- Confess that you have been arrested in the past already during the first job interview. Also add that it was in the past (everybody makes mistakes in life). Now you are a new person. It is also a bet that might work or not. The person interviewing you my appreciate your honesty, but may hire someone else instead of you.
The best thing you could do is try to expunge your record. To learn how to do it, we recommend reading how to find a lawyer.