Let’s Not Talk About Your Juvenile Criminal History

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Starting 2017, anytime you apply for a new job, you have one less thing to worry about when employers ask about your criminal history, if you have one.

For starters, having a criminal history will not stop you from getting a job. Plenty of people who have prior convictions and records have secured jobs. In fact, one of your coworkers may have a criminal history and you do not even know it. They may even be a high ranking coworker of yours. So, do not be discouraged every time you apply for a new job and you have to disclose your criminal history.

Like we said, you may have one less thing to worry about, because starting January 1, 2017, individuals are not required to disclose any criminal records from their juvenile years...

Understanding Background Checks

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Whenever you apply for a job, a loan, a new home, even a gun, you’re probably going to undergo a background check. You may not give this too much thought, especially if you have a squeaky clean record, but it still might be good to know anyway, what shows up on a background check, and what doesn’t.

  • Felonies and misdemeanor arrests and convictions appear on criminal background checks.
  • Any convictions more than 7 years old will not appear.
  • Any arrests and convictions as a juvenile should not show, as those lines are sealed upon turning 18.
  • Convictions where a pardon was granted will not appear.

Having points on your criminal record should not be the deciding factor as to whether or not you get a loan or a job; plenty of people with criminal histories find great employment and hom...