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How can a domestic violence conviction affect your job prospects?

| Jul 31, 2020 | Domestic Violence |

A domestic violence conviction works much like any other criminal charge — it ends up part of your permanent record. If you’re asked about your criminal history when applying for a job, then a domestic violence conviction on your record may limit your employment prospects. If your employer requires you to have a professional license to perform your job, then you may be unable to keep working there with a domestic violence conviction on your record.

Employers often run background checks on their employees before hiring them for almost any role in this era. They may look to see if you have convictions for certain crimes, depending on the type of job that you’re seeking.

Employers may be reticent to hire a worker who has a violent criminal history. If the conviction is recent, this may turn a potential company off from hiring you even more. A prospective employer may be particularly hesitant to hire you for a role if the job you’re planning to apply for involves working with children, disabled individuals, the elderly or other vulnerable populations.

Your newfound criminal status due to domestic violence may even adversely impact you if you already have a job. Employers may not have realized that you had aggressive tendencies and decide that you pose a safety risk to your colleagues. The state or national licensing or accreditation board might agree. Either party may revoke your professional license or certification because they don’t feel that you are of upstanding moral character.

Most employers run background checks, whatever the job. Most licensing boards and companies perform periodic audits of existing employee or licensee’s criminal records or credit reports. You may think that you can hide a domestic violence conviction from your prospective or current employer. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do so.

The best thing that you can do if you’re facing criminal charges is to align yourself with a domestic violence attorney who can help you devise strategies to help defend yourself in your Colorado Springs case. It may mean a world of a difference between you pursuing a career and having a hard time building one.

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