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Benefits of Expunging your Criminal Record

Having a criminal record can make obtaining a job difficult. With more than 80% of employers performing background checks, getting a job is tougher than ever. Fortunately, most states offer a wide range of solutions to expunge your arrest or conviction. Upon expungement, your job opportunities are broadened and so is your potenetial to make more money.

By having a record expunged, a person previously convicted of a crime greatly limits the number of people with access to that information. Getting an order of expunction avoids a situation where an employer might unjustly exclude a person convicted of a crime. Employers who are concerned about potential tort liability based on the hiring of an employee can often make an argument that the exclusion of a person based on his or her arrest or conviction record is in-line with a business necessity. Disputing an employer’s justification is a time-consuming process that necessitates an attorney specializing in employment and labor disputes. Simply expunging one’s record removes many practical and legal hurdles standing between a job applicant and a new career, avoiding further legal headaches down the line.

Usually, most employers may not use an expunged record and should not be able to even locate it. A person who has had his or her record expunged typically does not have to disclose the fact that the arrest or conviction occurred, although the law is different for each state. In many states, records that have been expunged are deemed not to have occurred. This means you can answer questions like "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" with a confident "No!"

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Most Criminal Records can be Obtained by the Public, Unless Expunged

People that are having a criminal record hold them back are often concerned with the costs and benefits of an expungement. Common questions often focus on why clearing a Criminal record is the right financial move. Sometimes people with criminal records don't realize how often those records are accessed by the public or even that the information is easily accessible for anyone with a mind to look. It is therefore important to know exactly what is available under the laws of your state and what is kept from the public. To learn the differences in the state law, select from the available states to the left.

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