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Can I Get a Job with a Misdemeanor?

Let’s face it… college is a time when a lot of people make a lot of stupid mistakes. Unfortunately for some, those stupid mistakes don’t stop once they have graduated and may continue on for a few years.

I don’t believe in the scarlet letter, though. There IS hope for everyone who has been burdened with a misdemeanor.

What is a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanors, by definition, are lesser criminal acts and punished as such. They usually are accompanied with a monetary slap on the wrist, although repeat offenses may have you spending the night in lockup. It really depends on the class of misdemeanor that you have committed. Some can have you in jail for up to a year.

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Examples of misdemeanors? Petty theft, prostitution, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, trespass, vandalism, drug possession, DUI, etc. Having lived in a pretty large college town, I think it is pretty obvious which of these are more common for the younger crowd.

Being charged with a misdemeanor does not make you a bad person, but it may impact your job search.

So… Are You Hirable?

This is the big question.

Generally speaking, yes! Whereas felonies really hurt an applicant, misdemeanors are not nearly as bad. Any company that does a background check will see what you have been convicted of. So the good news is: at least you aren’t a felon!

The thing is, the company that is interviewing you and doing a background check on you will expect a straightforward and honest answer.

“I have a misdemeanor on my record for drunk driving. I was young and just graduating college. I had just found out I had landed the job I really wanted and went out to celebrate with some friends. I, unfortunately, overdid it and thought I was fit to drive. Luckily an officer pulled me over. I learned a lot from that lesson and have since cut back on my drinking substantially, and haven’t driven drunk since.”

By trying to beat around the bush and pretend that you are 100% perfect you will do yourself more harm than good. Honesty is always the best answer even if it may not seem like it at the time. It also has a lot to do with the nature of the offense. If you were 22 and drunk in public, that is a little more understandable and usually won’t be an immediate disqualifier. However, if you did something involving moral depravity such as theft, you have a much harder discussion ahead of you. But, you still have a shot and need to keep going forward.

A large portion of the answer depends on the job you are applying for and the misdemeanor you received. If you are applying for a job as a bank teller, for example, and have a misdemeanor of petty theft as mentioned above, you may have a hard time getting the job. But if you take that same petty theft charge and apply for a job as a lawn care person, you may not face as many obstacles. If you have some sort of domestic violence charge, getting a job as a police officer may be more difficult. This depends on locality, but generally speaking you are not offered “discrimination” protections as a misdemeanant or felon.

As I have mentioned, you may incur obstacles but should be able to find a job somewhere. Just look for a job that does not relate to your misdemeanor and keep your head up. If you need something to keep you afloat, try and do odd jobs for people like cutting grass and painting.

Ways to Fix Your Record

If you are truly facing insurmountable odds, you may have a few options to help your job search.

1) Motion to Expunge

If you went to court over your misdemeanor, contact the court clerk for the court in which your case was heard. Ask them if you are eligible for an expungement. Depending on the severity of the misdemeanor, the amount of time that has passed, and whether or not you are on probation, you may be eligible. Each locality has different rules, so at the least make sure you talk to the court clerk. If you had a lawyer for the original court date, ask him or her if they would be willing to file your motion for you. It will cost money but will be worth it if helps you get a job.

Some motions ask you to put down a reason. You can put something to the effect that you have learned your lesson and the presence of the conviction is hindering your ability to get a good job. Sometimes the motion will be heard in front of a judge so that they can make sure that you still understand the consequences of your previous actions before wiping your record.

The important thing to takeaway is exactly what the judge is checking on: Hopefully you do realize your actions have consequences and the judge is giving you a second chance.

2) “Self Betterment”

If you can not get your record expunged, you will want to take some steps to show that you have, in fact, learned from your lessons.

If you got a drunk in public or DUI, you will want to get evaluated for alcoholism. After taking the MAST (Michigan Alcohol Screening Test), the counselor will recommend what kind of classes you should take (if any). It is important to follow-through and educate yourself on the effects of the drug. If you are ever questioned about the misdemeanor by a potential employer, you can honestly say that you have taken it upon yourself to take steps to educate yourself on the effects of alcohol. That will be a respectable position and will make you look like you are responsible and willing to accept consequences of your actions.

If you had a misdemeanor related to an anger issue, then you would do something similar but with anger management classes. The point is that you want to somehow show that you have improved your life since the misdemeanor.

By doing so the employer will have nothing to fear by hiring you.

Now Go Get Your Job!

Hopefully this helps anyone with a misdemeanor get a job.

Even if you don’t have an issue getting a job, the bit about “self betterment” and learning from your mistakes is an important lesson.

Has anyone had an issue with getting a job because of a misdemeanor? How did you over come it?

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260 Comments For This Post

  1. MoneyEnergy Says:

    This is an interesting point to bring up; I don’t have any experience with this, but I think it’s important that the person involved realize that whatever they did might not just have been nominally wrong (like it just so happens that our laws don’t like drunk drivers) but really wrong (DUI hurts others), and they don’t plan to do it again, as you mention. Maybe all misdemeanours shouldn’t be treated equally. That said, if someone sincerely wants to turn their life around, I believe there are always ways to do it.

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    MyLifeROI Reply:

    @ MoneyEnergy –
    It’s not something I have experienced, either… but I know a few people who have!

    I think 90% of fixing the problem is, as we have both said, admitting what you did was wrong and taking steps to correct the problem.

    Misdemeanors usually aren’t treated equally in the states. There are different classes for punishment reasons.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    Heather Reply:

    @MoneyEnergy,
    Well I am speaking from personal experience, I do have a DUI charge stemming from 02′, and I PLEAD GUILTY to it, because I felt so bad and thought I had what I had coming to me, and I would be able to live with my guilty conciesce if I had kill someone for a stupid, dumb decision I made when I wasn’t in my right mind…..with that being said I have a very hard time getting jobs, because I don’t lie on my applications I am very honest and have taken full responsibilty these past 8 years for my actions, and with that being said, I got pulled over last week for a speeding ticket and the cop brought up the DUI charge from 8 years ago, I can understand if I was a habital offender, but I am not, I have lived my life the best way I can since that night and I am a mother of 3 and I am sooooo SICK AND TIRED of being judge for something I did when I was young and dumb……..I am a firm believer that eveyone is entitled to a second chance, it’s what you do with that second chance that counts, but since I am in the legal system I dont get a second chance, I have to live with this for the rest of my life and think it’s B.S.

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    chris Reply:

    @Heather, heather i feel you. Thank you for bringin this up with alot of ignorant people. i had a pom charge. my only and first offense. and it has and will haunt me for the rest of my life. it is bullshit. thats the way the system works. people that fuck up do not get a second chance. sorry we should have been perfect.

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    John Reply:

    @Heather, I have a misdemeanor marijuana charge from 2004 that I think is keeping me from getting jobs. It sucks that people won’t give us a second chance for something we did when we were younger and dumber.

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    Lauren Reply:

    @Heather,

    I’m 41 and 5 years ago got a DUI. My one and only conviction. Now I’m divorcing and MUST get a job. I’ve been honest on my applications and not being picky about where I’m applying. No call backs. I’m desperate and depressed and feel as bad as I did when I committed the crime. So hard to sell myself! I don’t know what to do! Can’t afford to expunge and I don’t know how fast that will take effect even if I found a money tree to make it happen. I’ve seen a lot of questionable people with good jobs and while we all make mistakes, I still feel like I should have the upper hand with a one time charge.
    It feel unfair. When will I ever stop paying for the mistake?

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Lauren, I am in the same boat. 4 years ago my brother died and a few months later my husband walked out on me to be with his secretary. I took to drinking to numb the pain and not long after got my first DUI. Let’s just say the last few years have been really rough. I was going to school for Nursing, and cannot get into the nursing program now. Also, I cannot find a job. The depression lingers because no matter how hard I have tried to turn a new leaf and better myself, the stigma from my DUI damages my reputation with potential employers. I have tried being honest on applications, only to never be given a chance for an interview in jobs that prior I would have never had a problem. When I try to apply for jobs that will not take these charges to heart, I get turned down for being overqualified. So now I am sitting on pins and needles, because I was finally given a job offer for a company I have interview for 6 weeks for. I was so excited. On the application it only asked if I had ever been convicted of any felonies or was facing any felony charges, which I replied honestly “no”. After they sent me the offer package, and after I called my friends and family to tell everyone the great news, I received another email asking me to fill out all this paperwork for a third party employment verification company to check my criminal background… I am so stressed. This company is a prestigious large health care company and I am afraid they will rescind the offer.. for the last few days I have read story after story on the internet of people who have been or who are in my same shoes. Not to mention I have another charge on my record from my past that was expunged, but have heard these verification companies somehow know about expunged records and report them still. It is all mind-baffling to me. I can’t believe how hard they make it on people to reform their life for the better when their character is based so much solely on a single conviction. It seems there are so many good people who made a mistake in the midst of adversity who are only finding that troubles will continue to haunt them indefinitely. I have seen this happen with a lot of people, they try to become better, and find it doesn’t get them anywhere… so what’s the point? No wonder some criminals become life long criminals.

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    myrna Reply:

    @Gracie,
    I hope you found a job. it is soo hard nowadays I have 2 son’s that are in the same boat, this is ridiculas and like you mentioned I too know of a lot of people that have positions like policeman that are crooks and do worst things but get away with it. this system does not work

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    Jakeq Reply:

    @Heather, you said “I PLEAD GUILTY to it, because I felt so bad and thought I had what I had coming to me” No you plead guilty because you had no other choice. That is a sorry excuse and if you applied to work for my company I would throw your application in the garabe as soon as I read that bs.

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    Spear Reply:

    Yes, she did have other choices:
    One such choice, Heather could have been a selfish person who had no remorse
    She could have used up valuable tax payer resources and plead not guilty. If she had the D.A most probably would have reduced the charges, to attempt to lessen the load on the already over booked legal system.

    1a. We must remember we do not know about the actual evidence. Did she blow? Was someone injured? Did she have insurance? If she did blow what did she blow? When was the machine last calibrated? Did she eat? Did she foolishly after drinking consume some mint, which makes one blow higher on a breathalyzer? Did she damage any property? Think about the police video, how did she appear on it?
    only two out of every ten people who are charged with something are found guilty of it in a court of law.
    DOH
    That is right folks.
    Why is that, because of all the variables listed above?
    DO NOT BE A FOOL and plead guilty.
    One can expunge a record themselves. It is easy.

    My story, I was busted with .0005 of weed. A simple tiny amount left in a baggie in my CAR. I was a speeding jackass. I was busted. I defended myself to the court and brought up the fact that the evidence was inadmissible because it was found during an inventory and the cop did not have an inventory list. So therefore, he was not doing an inventory, cuz when you do that you make a list, he was searching my car.
    Yeah well, this is in a small town in South Carolina.
    The Judge entered a not guilty plea for me. I did not know he entered a not guilty plea for me. I did not plead not guilty.
    3 years later, I am informed of my court date.
    That is how burdened the court system is.
    I have a few weeks to prepare. DOH
    I check my options.
    I find out about Pre Trial Intervention, you can get it every 10 years. It is a first offense card. It costs out the but butt.
    Is it worth it?
    I would say NO.
    It costs min. about 1500.00 here in Claredon County SC.

    They sell it like this, you can avoid pleading guilty and it will not go on your record as a conviction. Take it; it is a good deal.

    So, much like Heather, I felt like a jerk for getting myself in this fix. I have not speed since, nor have I been busted for anything.
    I was also in a divorce, I take the PTI, and I pay my money. I go to College to study law, since I felt screwed by the system; I decided to learn the system. I learned I screwed myself.
    I graduate as a paralegal Phi Theta Kappa; I work at a law firm for 2 years for 630.00 a month.
    I thought I paid my dues. A job comes up. It is my dream job. I apply, I receive an application, it asks have I plead guilty or been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.
    It asks, If I have a pending case. The past flies up and smashes me square in the snoot.
    Now I am trained. Now I know what to look for. Now I research me.
    DOH
    What do I find, 2 days ago for a S.P.M 2007? It says criminal offense less than 24 grams, case pending.
    I am like, F*CK. I thought this would not be on my record. I call the courthouse, I ask about expungement, I ask why this case is pending and says I have unpaid fines of 565.00 when I completed and I paid. The Clerk of Court says we did not get your paperwork. Go and run around town and get it then send it to me. I tell her the lady who sent me the letter is just down the hall from her.
    They have my paperwork.
    She says, call her and tell her to fax it to me. I call the PTI woman; she says she already sent the paperwork. She informs me that she will try to fax it today.
    I can now apply for expungement, 250.Admin fee. 25. SLED fee, 45. Clerk of Court fee and it takes ??????? As long as it takes.
    If they do not lose my paperwork, again!
    I have to answer these questions now. I am afraid. I am sad. I feel like a fool for NOT PLEADING guilty. I now know dang well this small town did not perform a drug test on the bitty bit of weed in the corner of the bag.
    Sure, I was guilty, but should my entire life have been ruined?
    Think of the stuff congress does every day. Hookers, little boys.
    Think of what the church does?
    Heck, one of the Supreme Court Justices, a male, choked a female Justice in front of other Justices.
    Did he have to plead guilty? NO. Did he plead guilty? No. Is there going to be a trial, probably not.
    Does he still have his job? Yes.
    Will it keep him from getting further in his life? Probably not.
    He is a Supreme Court Judge!
    Now why Heathers’ and my life should be ruined forever?
    Why I will tell you why, because we were foolish enough not to plead
    NOT GUILTY!
    The facts are the facts. I changed my life because I learned. I wish I had learned not to ruin my entire future needlessly.
    Plead Not Guilty, hock everything you have, if you have too and hire a good lawyer.
    Research your lawyer. Most of them are not that good.
    Research your crime.
    Do not breathe because you do not trust the machine, do not walk, cuz you have a bad knee, do not, follow the little light with your eyes, because you have a lazy eye.
    Do remember to do everything after you unfortunately are busted, to gutt their case.
    Do plead Not Guilty.
    The world is NOT a better place because Heather and I cannot get good paying jobs that offer self-respect and benefits.
    The world is a worse place because now we are not contributing to the tax base as much as we could.
    We do not have health insurance and we will end up in the emergency room with heart attacks, and with us will be millions more Americans.
    Americans suffering for misdemeanors because we felt bad and plead guilty,

    SPEAR in SC

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    Spear Reply:

    @Spear,
    Oops I mean, People are foolish enough to plead guilty. I plead, bad evidence and the judge plead not guilty for me.
    Still the out come is the same.
    Had I known I plead not guilty I would have hired an attorney. You can in most states get a misdeamoner expunged after 3 years.
    You can get an expungement of PTI in most states, after completion and 90 days.
    I found the only benefit of PTI is the time in which one can get it expunged.
    However, I found out to late.

    dISCLAIMER:
    This is in no way intended to be legal advice. I am not an attorney. I don’t even play one on t.v. this information is just that, information, about what I have learned during my journey. Other convicted persons may have had better EXPERIENCES and are now living happy ever after.

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    LP Reply:

    @Jakeq,
    I highly doubt you will ever be in a position to hire anyone, you cannot even spell garbage.

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    lea johnson Reply:

    @Jakeq, wow can you walk on water and do miracles?who died and made you GOD?

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    NunYA Reply:

    @MoneyEnergy,

    I have a misdemeanor domestic assault on my background from 2007. Afer reading all the negative accounts of tring to gain employment and loosing out because of the background I had no hope of gaining good employment. Against the odds I never gave up although I have had a few good jobs let me down because of my background. I now have gained employment at a power plant and wanted to share this in hopes that somebody else in my boat will read this and know how I went about gaining the employment. The first thing is DO NOT GIVE UP!!! I was on the verge of giving up, depresion, and just loss of life but I kept tring. Heres what worked for me….

    Send a resume instead of filling an app when possible to avoid the dreaded conviction question.

    Do not lie on the app if it asks about only felonies and you only have a misdemeanor answer no but if it asks about all and you have a misdemeanor do not lie dont write the actual charge just write misdemeanor or felony and if you get to the background check then you can then explain.

    When you get to the background check make sure you come clean and tell them that a misdemeanor or felony will show up and if they need additional info you can and will provide it.

    Be sure you have an explaination already typed up neatly and formatted properly. Explain the charge and it is very important to explain how you learned from this and any other details of how you are a better person since.

    Everyone deserves a second chance. Most people relize this but there are a few that dont. I promise you that if you do not give up you will prevail. Hard work and determination does not guarentee sucess but it sure gives you a better chance.

    Now get out there and get that job….GOOD LUCK

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    Elaine Reply:

    @NunYA,

    Thank you for this advice. My son is going through a very similar situation. He has an class A misdemeanor on his record because an ex-girlfriend filed false assualt charges against him (he was actually pulling her off of his back because she was biting and scratching him, she got mad and called the police). The next day, she tried to rescind her statement, but the state picked it up and ran with it.

    He has never been in a fight in his life, but, because he could not afford to hire an attorney to represent him, he had to final settle by pleading no contest. Now, he cannot get hired by anyone because of this mark on his record.

    Your story gives encouragement.

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    chardaya white Reply:

    @Elaine, hello i just look at your story and im goin threw the samethings i would like to know did your son find a job!!!???? cause it has been very hard for me to do so?? if your dont mind writing me my email is chardaya14@hotmail.com thank you so much

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    Bec Reply:

    @NunYA,
    first off- gratz on your job, second- thank you for your little bit of hope. I try to only submit resumes for jobs though it’s not always possible. I just wish some companies would give me the opportunity to explain my charge, but so far no such luck. I haven’t given up though:) and will continue to push forward.

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  2. Chris Says:

    I’ve had 2 DUI’s in the past ten years. I completed all of the requirements to get my license back, which included counseling, 30 days of garbage pickup, DUI class, etc. I have not been able to obtain employment in Georgia. EVERYONE checks for misdemeanors, and DUI’s are considered to be the most evil of all crimes. I agree they are extremely dangerous, and I’m not saying my crimes were not wrong and totally thoughtless. I’m sure there are many others who have driven drunk and not gotten caught who have magnificent jobs. I’m in AA and haven’t drank for over two years. However, employment does not look possible in the near future. It’s pretty depressing.

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    MyLifeROI Reply:

    @Chris,

    That really is quite unfortunate. Often times we punish people who are trying to better themselves and learn from their mistakes. I wish this weren’t the case, but it is.

    Are you finding that you aren’t being offered an interview, or are you finding that they are looking at this after the fact and then judging you?

    Just wondering, because depending on when they find out… it will change how you should approach the situation. I think that by admitting you screwed up you are leaps beyond other people in your shoes.

    Reply back w/ some more details as to when you are being weeded out of the hiring process!

    MLR

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    Financial Samurai Reply:

    @Chris, yikes, 2 DUIs? That’s kind of rough b/c that’s like lightning struck twice. A lot of people get seriously injured and die b/c of drunk drivers. My friend did at 16 when I was growing up, and it still hurts till this day.

    What about working as a DUI counselor for several years, and then try and see if you can get it expunged?

    GL!
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    Connie Reply:

    @Financial Samurai, I’m a 55year old who got her first DWI at 52years old and never had a criminal record in Dallas,TX and really didnt know this would ruin my career of over 15years like this,I went thru the classes the probation etc and evaluations proved that I wound not be repeat offender paid my fines at a cost of over 8k dollars. However by me not understanding the legal system becuz I never had to use it I got screw pleading guilty. In Texas I should have gone to court and took my chances. I’m or was a professinal in my field and have been out of work now for over 8 months now due to this mistake. There is no one to help and I could lost my home and credit for this action. I did not kill anyone only myself financially and career wise. Now since that time there have been two judges sited for DWI that I know of and they are still working and have a job and with the double standards here in Dallas,TX they was able to get away with it. This system fosters crime, because what is a person with a misdemeanor supposed to do? Turn to a life of crime to survive? Wind up in prison to live on our tax dollars? The youths of today have to know that once they get a misdemeanor, they are pretty much screwed. Not to mention that the cops hand them out like candy to minorities, one big set up if you ask me. Minorities take heed.

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    Kaye Reply:

    @Connie,
    I agree with what you said so much! That’s how I feel, I made and will pay for it the rest of my life, it seems, with not being employable. All I can get are lowpaying, crappy jobs. My crime was shoplifting. It was stupid, and I am so sorry I did it, but now I feel like, I can’t make a living, sometimes I think to myself, well, I have to steal now, just to get the basics, like groceries because I don’t make enough money. ( I don’t steal, I just feel like What else am I supposed to do ) So yes, the system does foster crime, as, if you cannot get a job due to criminal record, What other choices do you have??? This is why some continue to sell drugs, rob, etc. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m saying we ALL have to have money to live!

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Kaye, I am in the same boat… I am a good person who has just had some adverse times that fostered bad decision making. Now that I am, and have been, trying to turn a new leaf, no one wants to give me a chance. Jobs that will overlook criminal records won’t hire me because I am “over qualified”. Excuse my language here… but in this economy, we are all fucked if we have a single glitch on our record. I have a DUI from 2008, which I cannot expunge for 10 years. I also had a domestic violence charge in 2009, which I was able to get expunged last year because I completed all treatment, and also because the my ex-boyfriend was found to be the principle aggressor in our relationship. Well trying explaining that to any employer and all they see is a troubled person. I am hoping my DV charge doesn’t show when a background check is pulled on me because it has been expunged. However, I have heard that a lot of these private companies that are now being hired to perform these background checks have massive information databases that are constantly downloading information on everybody all the time, and not removing items that have been expunged. EVERYONE KEEPS SAYING TO STAY POSITIVE, BUT IT IS SO HARD TO KEEP STAYING POSITIVE AFTER MULTIPLE REJECTIONS. I have finally been given an offer for employment, and now they are running the background check. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that the expunged DV charge does not show, and hoping they don’t rescind the offer due to the DUI. I haven’t disclosed any of this information in the last month of interviewing with this company, nor did I on the application. The application only asked about felonies and pending charges, so I did not lie. Don’t ask, don’t tell… right? Now I guess I just have to twiddle my thumbs and wait. The stress is killing me.

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    Spear Reply:

    @Gracie,
    Gracie, did you get the job? I think I should not complete the application. I am so scared. I should just say, My blank is sick and I need to go home and take care of them. I think I should wait till it is expunged.
    However, then I will wait to see if they find the expungement.
    This is hell.

    LILI Reply:

    @Gracie,

    Did you end up getting the job?

    John Reply:

    @Gracie,

    The county (where most misdemeanors are found) will expunge records if you’re eligible, but it’s highly likely that your record is still exists in a private company’s database – those used for pre-employment background checks. So if your name exists on their database prior to expungement, they’ll see your misdemeanor.

    Even if misdemeanors are expunged and shouldn’t be accessible to private companies, they still remain in county’s database for law enforcement use, regardless of expungement. In my situation it’s even worse because the pre-employment company used for background checks is owned by an Ex-high ranking law enforcement official who very likely has access to all records through the good old boys network system. I was given DUI 15 years ago for a minor incident on residential parking lot, which basically has made it impossible to find work in finance.

    poopsie Reply:

    @Financial Samurai, According to my husband, who use to work for IRS, when a flat tax is imposed, then the Rich, who can afford to pay, and the Poor, who can’t even afford to eat, all have to pay the same percentage and it hurts the Poor a lot. As it is, the poor are excused from paying, so they can eat and tend to their daily necessary needs. While the rich, a lot of times have so much money that another tax on their dollar doesn’t hurt them.

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    LeRoy Reply:

    @Chris,
    Well as we all know none of us were made perfect there is only one person and he JUDGES us all at our time to depart this life, now I am not trying to preach religion here but as we all go forward into the future so does laws that goven us to say well as it is nearing the end of time it all comes down to survival and well the laws will some day require us to wear 666 to even get food so we dont live it hard at this time think of tommorrow when real tuff times comes when you really become weak its either follow GODs way and starve and suffer and walk the narrow road or go the evil way and wear the 666 and live a BIG TIME LIFE here on Earth and the result is Hell for ever. I speak from experience I walked 7 yhears and 3 DUIs and now I regained my CDL A status and was given a job with the State of Va. I even told the trueth on a application and was fire this past Friday September 24, 2010 and in 2 hours I was called back to my job but come back as a temp worker so the laws and Life are against us and well I look up to heaven as we all have a HIGHER POWER that will JUDGE US all.
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    Marcie Reply:

    @LeRoy, You couldn’t have said it any better!! I’m going through a messed up situation as well but I know Jesus has the last say so………

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    penny Reply:

    @Chris, i have 3 dui’s and a disorderly conduct.all misdeameanors.i just got rejected from a job after they called my references and they gave me excellent references and told them they really liked me.but after a background check i get a rejection letter.when they say only felonies are bad they are lying.i am going to school to be an aoda counselor and have been sober 2 years and went through treatment and did everything i was suppose to.that same place is still hiring for the job i applied at.it is suppose to only be related to the position i applied for!!it was a cook in a kitchen.what a crock!!i am sad.paid my debt to society but still being punished.

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  3. Jane Says:

    I have three misdemeanors that all occurred when I was 18 and a freshman in college in Virginia. I was basically caught with pot twice, once in a public park after dark (which tacked on a trespassing charge), and once in my dorm room. So, I have a possession of paraphernalia conviction, possession of marijuana conviction and a trespassing conviction. I lost my grant money for school and have to endure the embarrassment of putting them on applications and talking about it with future employers. The good news is I finished school with an accounting degree, and am still eligible to be a CPA. I’ve been able to get good jobs but still feel overwhelmingly embarrassed by these offenses. And some employers really do just turn you down when they find out about them. I hate talking about them to employers, they make you feel like you are a huge idiot. I did nothing to hurt anyone! I smoked pot in park after dark and in my dorm room! These are common things to do when you are 18 and in college! But I guess that is no excuse because unfortunately marijuana is still illegal in this country.

    The biggest problem I have is that these convictions have contributed to me falling into depression on several occasions. I don’t think I am a bad person, I have a degree, I got good grades, I want to have a good job and contribute positively to society. But I feel like society has already written me off as a bad or at least dumb person. Why did you get caught twice? I was young!

    LEGALIZE IT!

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    David Reply:

    @Jane, when you were caught the first time, what happened in court? I recently got caught with paraphernalia and I’m wondering what is going to happen to me on the future?

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    jane Reply:

    @David, The first time I was actually arrested for possession of marijuana but the cops were “nice” and let it be downgraded to possession of paraphernalia. I got some community service (I think 50), no fine, but 6 months probation which included random drug screens & some drug classes. If you just have the one, I would recommend trying to get it expunged in a few years (wiped off your record completely). Good luck, get a lawyer. Check out http://www.norml.org.

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    Financial Samurai Reply:

    @jane, how old are you? This is unfortunate. So many people smoke pot, they just don’t get caught. Let us know if you can get it expunged.
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    Spear Reply:

    @Financial Samurai,
    Who consumes the most? The rich or the poor?

    If you make one million dollars a year and I make thirty thousand dollars a year and we both buy a 5.00 gallon of milk once every few days. Who pays more, or a bigger percentage of their income in taxes?
    It is all about percents of income, time spend earning the income and what is left for future savings, insurance, health and retirement in the end.
    Say a person makes 1000.oo a day and spends 100.oo on flat taxes
    that is 10% of profits
    Say I make 200.00 dollars a day and spend 100 dollars on flat taxes that is 50% of my income.
    Say I make 100.oo dollars a day and spend 100 dollars on flat tax consumables that tax is now 100% of my income.

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  4. JJ Says:

    I had 3 charges of theft. I got a public defender because I had no money and my parents had no money. My public defender advised me to take the plea because it was my word against theirs. I told her that I didn’t do it, but she scared me enough to think that I would lose my case if I went to trial that I took the plea. She didn’t bother to look at my case at all. I had all these people that were willing to testify for me on my character, but she wouldn’t look at it. She said they had a video with me in it. I told her I don’t deny I went into the store, but I did not take anything. And if they look at other videos they will see that I went in with what they accused me of taking, but she wouldn’t look at it.

    I now have a record, and it will stay with me for the rest of my life.

    Its been 3 years now and I have not been able to land a job. I have been holding a sign on the corner street to get food & money, and I’m only 20. I do not drink or do drugs. I am still in college. Its a tough life, but the judicial system is not there to help people.

    Having a record sealed or expunged does not help unless you have money and file a motion with every city or state to be sure they seal it or expunge it.

    Telling an employer you have a record and being open and honest about that doesn’t mean anything. They have already prejudged you. In this economy, it’s worse.

    There is no way you can convince any employer that you are innocent.

    I did like your article. Its very informative! Good luck to all!

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    Leah Reply:

    @JJ, I know what you mean. I have a misdemeanor charge of criminal solicitation to commit theft and I’ve been jumping through hurdles to get a job. I was automatically deemed guilty by my public defender. I was 5 months pregnant with my son and was scared into a guilty plea. The sad thing was when I pled guilty my co-defendant finally admitted to my p.d. that I wasn’t guilty of the crime but an associate of mines was. He looked sorry and said there wasn’t anything I could do.

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    Annie Reply:

    @Leah, Hi im annie i read ur blog and i was wondering if u knew anything about how i can go about reopening that plead guilty too jus because i didnt know the law and didnt want to go to jail again for fear i would not be believed if i took it to trial I am innocent and it was an offense that was tacked on my record out of spite the day i was arrested but like i said i was processed spent a night in jail saw the lawyer and he did not believe nor did he want to listen to the injustice that was done to me the reason i am sitting here talking to him so he tells me what choices i have and of course i wanted to take it to trial but then he used that scare tactic and i chose to leave and at the last minute he throws in 3 days community service take it or leave it so i took it and i am upset to find out that if i pleaded guilty to that case its says that what the police locked me up for is the truth and its not what should i do or can i still do anything about it the incident happened saturday february the 5th 2011 Sincerely Yours Annie

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    meli Reply:

    @Annie, what happened? Did you ever figure out what to do because I was scared/tricked into a “no contest” plea for fraud that I Didntcommit and they dropped it to a misdemeanor but It’s on my record and got me fired from my job. It was like 3 years ago and i feel like an idiot for letting it happen but i just turned 20 and had NEVER been in trouble before so i Didnt know what to do n I thought I was suppose to trust the court appointed lawyer…dumb…he told me is be jailed for 7years n Tht no contest isn’t the same as guilty..which I now know was a big fat lie…

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    Spear Reply:

    @meli,
    I do not think you can re-open.
    But I tried once, I flied a motion to re-open case. It is a simple form at the court house. You fill it out and explain. The Judge will look at it and decide. Time is a factor, I think, I am not sure because I am not an attorney and this is not advice.
    I do believe limitations of time apply. Look up your local state statute. Look on your ticked and find the statute you were charged under. Look for statute of limitations for filing motions to re-open case.

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    meli Reply:

    @Annie, oh and in top of that i didnt know what they charged me with until after I got fired…it was identity theft and fraud…which i don’t get cuz I cashed a ex friends check for them cuz they lost their I’d(which after being arrested I learned the check was fake) but I used my I’d and signature…so i don’t understand that..??

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    Spear Reply:

    @meli, I hope you plead NOT GUILTY because you were not.

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    John Reply:

    @JJ, Man I dont know where to begin with mine. I was a police officer in texas at a highschool and I went to the academy in 2006. Had worked with the school district for the past four years. I always prided myself in being a great citizen and had never been in trouble with the law in my entire life. On one night I went out with my wife to a concert we had some drinks and stuff and as we were leaving the club I extended my right hand and poked my wife with a water bottle in efforts to nudge her away from me because I thought she was talking to some guy at the club I was upset at the time. I know I shouldnt have done that but I did. Well, there was this bouncer at the club and he shouts at me and tells me that I cant be doing that the water bottle got to close to her chin area. I was like what??? I didnt do anything and my wife tried telling him as well but I was handcuffed by this fat bouncer and was told to sit on a chair. They called the police department and ultimately I ended up being arrested for a class c misdemeanor. I spent the night in jail, mind you never had been in trouble before for anything I couldnt beleive it. I was released the following day and I told my Chief what had happened? It seemed like if they were trying to give me a hard time about the sequence of events that transpired. They told me that they were gonna give me a desk job until I went to court to determine the verdict. I didnt even get to go to court due to me being so overwhelmed by what had happened. I figured I’d resign in order to clear up all this mess. Well, I was informed by the arresting police department that the charges were dismissed by the judge.. So I was releived.. I started applying to different law enforcement agencies and have had some interviews but I have to be honest with them and tell them why I left. I tell them that I resigned due to me getting into this situation and that it has been all cleared up now. I dont think they are very open-minded about how I was as an Officer. I had a perfect record prior to this and still do no conviction just the charge but they dont hire me or call me back to hire me. I also think the police department where I worked at is burning me and saying bad stuff about me. They have no reason to because what happened to me that night had no bearing how I performed as an Officer.. I always had good evaluations.. Its been 4 months and I cant find work.. I’m very depressed about this situation and dont know what else too do.. Please Help???

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    Lea C Reply:

    @John, I am very sorry to read of what has happened to you. Sorry this reply is so late being posted, however, I just found this site myself. I can’t offer much help. I just wanted to say to hang in there. Maybe by now you have found a job? I have been searching the Internet for advise on how to conduct a job search with damaging information on a background check. One suggestion was to get as many character references as you can from anyone you can think of that you knew back in school, or anywhere along the line (maybe including your wife) and make it known that you have these references. One site insists that applicants must prepare a strong defense to present either on applications, or to any inquiries into the matter. Former co-workers slandering you probably is making you feel worse, too. I am in music, and the back-biting gossip can be visious. Can you work as a volunteer somewhere for a time to build a good relationship with new people? I am scouring the Web for any and all help or suggestions I can find. I hope you find a job and some peace.

    Lea

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    anonymous Reply:

    @JJ, hi jj. i have a theft of property of 40 sum odd dollars. i had no way of paying off the fine and was about to have a baby. i made the dumbest decision i think i could ever make in my life. now i am done with school and have to go to the board of pharmacy for an informal hearing to see if they can trust giving me my license. my charge happened almost three years ago. a friend of mine has the same of charge 9 years ago only hers is over 1000.00 dollars and they mailed her license to her. that sucks that my theft was less than hers and she still gets her license. i cant find a job anywhere possible. i filled out an application at a place where the lady knew me and i told her my situation. she couldnt help but not to hire me because she is not the one who decides, she only does interviews. with that said its worthless to explain to an employer what happened because they are not the ones that decide if u work there or not. the corporate office decides. now i have to pay an extra 300 dollars and serve 14 days in jail due to me having a warrant that i paid off now that i finally have the money to pay a two year old fine. i have two kids and work at a bar as a server because thats the only place i found to hire me. i wish i could speak to someone to help me that will see that i really have mad a major change and i really need a job to take care of my children. i spoke to a lawyer about expunging my record but he says if i was arrested for the crime its a waste of time because even if it get sealed employers can still see the misdemeanor theft of property. if i was not arrested it would be sealed and only law enforcement and courts could see the record. its kind of contradictory to say its sealed because most likely a person was convicted for theft if they have a charge. now i have no way to give my kids a christmas nor will they get halloween costumes because i have to have money to at least put a roof over their head and feed them so they have to miss out on the fun stuff because of a screw i made. only thing i can do is pray and put it in Gods hand and have the faith that everything pulls through for me and brings a new light of life and a better job

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  5. Olivia Says:

    I have a misdemeanor for pheraphenelia, which the sad thing was, I was getting a ride home from a night class for criminology, and I was never into drugs, but a friend had left her bowl in my purse without telling me, and we got pulled over on the way home, for a license plate light was out, which was weird in the first place, but then the got the drug dogs there because when i was really tired i guess they thought i was high, they never gave me a clear answer for the search, but came right out telling them there was a bowl in my purse, and the charged me with that and then used the residue to say i had weed aswell. I went to court and couldnt afford a lawyer or even a public defender, and I pled guilty, they took my driving license away for one year and Im on probation for two years, Im going to college and living in an apartment, and I have been in for several job interviews for many places, but when it comes to the criminal background check, they never hire me, even though they tell me i have more than the qualifications to work there. I have always been out front and told them about my charge and how stupid i was to not be careful, or even take that for a friend, it breaks my heart, but they still never give me the chance. Im about to be one of the homeless people on the street, and no hope of education with this charge…and Im losing hope.

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    Inspirer Reply:

    @Olivia, go get expunged its never to late. You only can expung one charge in your whole life being an adult

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  6. slick P Says:

    I just got a misdemeanor for bad checks. The crazy part about this is a performed a job for a guy i met through criagslist and he gave me the bad checks. If i would known they were bad checks i would never took them in the first place. I had a lawyer and i paid him 2500 to defend me in this case. He got it reduce from felony to misdemeanor and 200 hour public service and probation for year in half. I felt that was a little to much for me not having a single conviction on my record in life. I have my degree information system security. Now i can’t get a job i have learn from my mistake and i will never trust a job from criagslist again. My future is messed up and my career is tarnished all because of one misdemeanor.

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    Sarah Reply:

    @slick P,
    Holy moses the SAME thing happened to me! But I didn’t meet the ”boss” on any list. Friend of mine introduced us and HE even helped work with this guy.
    Needless to say, this was back in 03 and it’s ’11 now…. Im still suffering min wage jobs – and didn’t get hired by a lot. Hollywood Video denied me because of it, UPS hired me and then 3 days later let me go because it came up on the background check. Couldn’t get a shift mgr position at a job cuz of it. It PISSES me off. I have never had any record prior to or since then – but the guy who did the bad fake checks had a record a mile long, in and out of prison since 97 for theft and bad checks! The judge/public defender talked me into pleading to a misdemeanor and I could leave jail right away or if I waited 8 more mths in jail, they’d drop it fully.

    …… awful. Horrible. Nasty. I don’t respect the courts any more for that.

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    Spear Reply:

    @Sarah,
    Freaking see! It is bad to plead Guilty. It does not work out to take a plea. It is better to take the knocks when the knocks are coming instead of putting off. This makes me so sad. Lesson learned to late.
    I am so not filling out the app. I am going to plea sick parent. I will clean record and then re-apply at some point in the future.I am not going down with another ship. Hoping someone, the man, H.R will see beyond.

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  7. shemp g Says:

    I was convicted of an open ended class 6 felony for attempted theft that was changed to a misdemeanor after 6 months of probation. I don’t have any other convictions. I filed my own paperwork to have my civil rights restored and rights to bear arms. Most court libaries have “do-it-yourself paperwork. It will save you $500-1,000 which is what an attorney would charge. Good luck to all of you.

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    Nicolette Reply:

    @shemp g, what state are you in? I have 3 misdemanors and was told by two different attorneys that it cannot be done in PA. I, like you, hve never been in trouble before. Are you in Cali?

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    cassandra Reply:

    @Nicolette, Hi , I got two felony which I’m working on to get dismiss
    its been 12 years and I’m working on becoming a nurse I would hate for my past to control my future what should i do

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    Jessica Reply:

    @Nicolette,
    I am from Pa as well with a misdemeanor of theft by deception. I took a cashed a check from an account that had my money in it but the account in my mothers name. Once my mother called the police they wouldn’t let the charges go. I should have got felony forgery but my mother wouldn’t give them the actual check so they got me with theft. Years later we called numerous lawyers about getting it expunged, but they all said pa doesn’t do that (even for misdemeanors) and there was nothing I could do. Finally I found out (on my own) that you can file an application with the board of pardons and the governor (after a long process) can grant you a pardon. This is the same process that murders go through for clemency. Through this process it could be possible to get felonys and numerous charges pardoned (which then leads to an expungement). It is recommended that it has been at least five years since the conviction. Its no guarantee and a long process. Google pa board of pardons for info.

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    M Reply:

    @Jessica, Thank you so much for this information. I, too, am from PA and this information might help me get started toward expunging my misdemeanors.

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    anonymous Reply:

    @Jessica, does this work for arkansas also…its only been two years will be three years next month. i have children and i have to find something immediately,,,please help me with some information. thanks

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  8. Nicolette Says:

    I rec’d 3 misdemeanors because I spanked my son. The spanking left 3 whelps on his buttocks. His Father and I broke up years earlier and he was pissed that I was pregnant by someone else and got a restraining order on me, filed charges and almost had me thrown in jail. I am on 3 years probation. I was laid off from a 6 figure job in jan and havenet had even a call yet from a prospective employer. I put out over 560 resumes and applications combined. I have two children, I am 35 years old and I have a MBA. I slip into depression because my employabilty is stifled. I am truly concerned about my earning potential and my ability to take care of my children. I am scared. In PA expunging my record CANT AND WILL NOT HAPPEN. I have NEVER EVER been in trouble with the law or any one in my entire life. I never was known or suspected to be abusive to my son nor any child for that matter. As a result of a scorned lover and a spanking, my life is ruined.

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    Financial Samurai Reply:

    @Nicolette, not to be ignorant here, but I’m just wondering if you are being serious or facetious? It’s kinda hard not to blame the father not to break up with you if you get pregnant by someone else no?
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    Meeeyoww Reply:

    @Financial Samurai,
    Man she was already estranged from the father when she was pregnant by someone else…
    are u dyslexic? Haha! At least read it twice if you are going to call someone out is all I am saying…

    @ Nicolette,
    My parents spanked me and that was okay in that I don’t think it messed me up long term. However, they never hit me enough to leave “3 welts” which leads me to believe you were breaking your hand on this kids ass? or whipping him? ouch
    Are you even allowed to see the children??

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    Financial Samurai Reply:

    @Meeeyoww, yep i’m dyslexic! But, I don’t think that’s the proper use of the word!
    .-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..The Worst Seat On An Airplane Is The Best Seat In The Office =-.

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    Deborah Reply:

    @Financial Samurai, With a flat tax, the rich pull in most of the nation’s income from exploiting the nation’s resources and capitalizing from labor of the poorer classes. At the very least they can do is attempt to level out the playing field, as many of the rich were born with more opportunities that many poor families!

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    Katie Reply:

    @Nicolette, Are you kidding me??? You spanked your son and left WELPS! I’m glad you got 3 misdemeanors. You are a LOSER! Your child should be taken away from you and you should go to anger management classes. My parents spanked me growing but they NEVER left me with welps. People like you should never have children. You are disgusting! You make me SICK. You really need to join a church and find Jesus.

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    Kelly Reply:

    Say Katie,
    Didn’t your pastor ever tell you a story about casting the first stone? I got a misdemeanor charge of child abuse and assault for using mace on a sixteen year old who was basically assaulting me. There were no other witnesses and this person was unknown to me. It turned out later that the 16yr old was a person at risk because they where a runaway and basically living on the streets using God knows what kind of drugs. I was initially charged with a Felony until this “Kids” outstanding warrants in other states started to come to light. Still, They where 16yrs and I was over 21 years of age – so full out prosecution was mandatory. Like an idiot I took the plea agreement with the “verbal” understanding from the public defender that the case could be sealed latter. This turned out to be a mistake on the part of my public defender.
    Well, long story short, now at job interviews, I’m an awful person. I guess you should always ask for ID before you defend yourself. PS This took place in the very “PC” city of Denver – near Colfax ave – if anyone’s interested or knows the area. Anyways, with some charges people really shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Have you actually seen any pictures of these “welts?” Know now how stupid some people in the justice system can be they might have been zits for all we know.

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    Deborah Reply:

    @Katie, I cannot believe you would judge someone so harshly?! Whatever happened to the compassion and forgiveness of Christ? Who are you to say that this woman should have never been given children? That is God’s decision, not yours! Your parents spanked you and might have just as easily left a welt or two by accident. You have no right to speak to this woman with a “holier-than-thou” attitude. You are not in her situation.

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    C. Hudson Reply:

    @Katie, I used to get the crap kicked out of me on a regular basis. I had bumps on my head- the size of baseballs. I used to get whipped w/ a tree switch that left raised blood blisters on the back of my thighs. I was regularly ridiculed and demoralized- and wasn’t treated w/ dignity and respect…let alone love. But you see Katie- I was raised in the 70′s and 80′s; back when you didn’t get arrested for everything under the sun. And if I had reported my step mom for abuse- not only would my dad have came down on me…so would the whole community. That’s just not what you did back then- esp. in a small town. You think children don’t get welts when they get spanked? A spanking is skin-to-skin contact…it’s not like swatting your dog- they have a dense layer of fur! I’m not saying that it’s o.k. to abuse your kids…far from it- but since when did it become o.k. to hold this generation to a higher code of conduct than previous generations?? And it’s not because of sept 11th either- that seems to be the excuse everyone uses these days. Like I said- it’s not o.k. to abuse a child- I spent a lot of my childhood years crying- but it’s not o.k. to sanction laws that destroy the hopes and dreams of American citizens and it’s not o.k. to hold us to a higher code of conduct than previous generations and it’s not o.k. to condemn a group of people- the ones who get caught and can’t afford effective council- for doing what 70 to 80% of the american public has probably done @ some point in their lives. It’s insane- this is America, not China or Russia! We are losing our rights at an alarming rate- this is what american’s should be angry about- the bigger picture…not attacking each other over the “spanking debate.”

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    anonymous Reply:

    @Katie, how can u come at someone for spanking a child the way u did. now i dont knpw anyone that commented or your children, but i will tell u this. My children will get punished and they will get spankings for backtalk, hitting, spitting, whatever the case may be. u speak to her like she is a dog and u tell her to go to church and find Jesus as if u go…hmmm if u went to church and learned anything for yourself you would know that u are Not to to judge. you should have just prayed for her and her situationa and her child. children now a days are corrupt and have to be punished. you think it is wrong to spank a child. you are crazy. that is why the teenagers are in parents basement making bombs, takin guns to school, bullying, killing, raping, stealing, and whatever else(BECAUSE THEY DID NOT GET SPANKINGS) hell so what if it leaves a few marks hell i turn red if somebody poke and i am a black person. so that goes to say people bruise and mark easy. that doesnt mean she was beating the baby. now u need to ask for forgiveness from her because if her spanking a child that she gave birth to and dont want them to take a wrong path is offending you so terribly u need to be forgiving her not talking her down

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  9. keiara b Says:

    back in april 09 i was convicted of petty theft & concealment and right now i am completely depressed dont know which way to go. I need a job badly and I am at this point where i give up. I was hanging w/ the wrong crowd and i ended up in a bad situation. my first and only time. so what are my options…i need help!

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    amazin Reply:

    @keiara b, – i understand your story… i myself have had a misdeamor of petty theft in june 09. Its now june of ’10. I am not qualified to work anywhere. I have felt the need to give up as well. I am in college and have a hard time paying my bills with only a work study job. I need a job just as badly as you.

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  10. Financial Samurai Says:

    Do you know if there is a certain time period where one is allowed to automatically expunge their misdemeanor? Does it depend by state? I heard it was 7 years, but I’m not sure. I’m asking for a friend who is applying for a job, and did something wrong 10 years ago.
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  11. Cynthia Says:

    I recieved a misdemeanor of aggrivated assult when I was 18. Im 25 now and I have not landed a job because of it. Whats messed up with the whole situation is that I was defending my younger sister from a girl who started a fight with her. I was even pregnant at the time. Well i tried to get it expunged from my record but because i pleaded guilty, they said i could not get it removed. Ive even graduated from a college in the medical field yet nobody will hire me at the hospital because of that charge. I mean its 7 years old and that was my 1st and only offense. What can i do!! Im a college graduate and i cant even get a job working at Mc Donalds cleaning their floors because of my record. If it wasnt for my husband, i dont know what i would do. I have 3 children and he supports us all. All i want is to help him support our family and i cant even do that!! Help im soooooooo depresed im at the point where i dont know what else to do.

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    kim Reply:

    @Cynthia, I understand totally I have a misdemeanor conviction assult as well and I had to write to the governer to see if it could be pardon. I get depressed alot and sometimes feel like giving up on looking for a job, but I don’t I’m married with two children as well. I wish you the best you are not alone in this.

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    Unknown Reply:

    @kim, Yep me to I have the worser class of the midermeanors for assault Im in school now and its been a year but I have totally ruined my life when it comes down to actually becoming a nurse sometimes Im like i just want to give my son for adoption and kill myself so I can have a new life because texas will never let me live this down but I say screw that I have to stay around to make sure my son doesnt make the same mistake i did.Im telling you when someone creates a time machine i ll be the first one in it.But as far as employment i looked and looked had successful interviews got the job then they did a background check and everything goes down the drain so i stopped looking for a job now im in school and I have resulted to escorting its not a good thing but I gotta take care of my son.

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Cynthia, I am in your same position, except for mine is a DUI charge from 2008. I have almost 40k in my education in healthcare and I cannot even get a job wiping someones butt at a nursing home. It is very depressing indeed.

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  12. BSupandaway Says:

    My situation is also sad. I received a misdemeanor DV charge in 2008 as my first ever charge. Prior to that I was about to graduate college and applying to law school. My ex and I were a contentious relationship and months later she called the police on me because she was simply just mad. I received another charge but eventually had it dismissed by an attorney. Then less than a month afterward, I got into a shoving match with her over a computer and I elbowed her while grappling for it. I was charged with another DV and the old one was brought back. Then like an idiot, I replied to a letter that she sent me while incarcerated and was charged with witness tampering. I managed to plea out and take 3 misdemeanors and not do jailtime, but now I’m having issues with applying for jobs (I wanted to work with youth groups before law school) and a deep fear that my good grades will not get me into law school because of the charges.

    Advice?

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    ionance Reply:

    Supandaway,

    I too have the same issue, exceot mine was 10 years ago. I was fired from my eployer of 4 years because they decided to do background checks. Have you had any luck with this? I have heard that you can not get this removed from your record.

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  13. justmyluck Says:

    It may not only be the fact that employers aren’t hiring because of a misdemeanor. We have to remember that the economy is in ruins and most businesses have a freeze on hiring. Be optimistic and don’t stop trying. Everyone makes mistakes, including myself. Misfortune is sometimes a part of life.

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  14. Jack Mender Says:

    It seems like business is still getting hit hard. Is anybody seeing an upswing in their respective niches? Health reform seems like a mess. I generate long term care insurance leads and annuity leads for the insurance industry, but volume has been terrible in the last two months. I am afraid the worst is yet to come, but maybe it is just my attitude.

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  15. Lindsay Says:

    I guess I will be paying lots of money to get these misdemeanors expunged. Why do charges that you did not get convicted for show up on your criminal record? I had 3 charges when I was 17 and 2 when I was 23. I am now 29 and really have high hopes that I may work for the government someday. These are the charges; Wreckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Open Container, Second Degree Trespassing, Revoked License (for not paying a speeding ticket) and Communicating Threats. Even though I wasn’t convicted for all of these they still show up on my Criminal record. I am about to finish college and worried about my future. I currently work in the career I am pursuing, but will never make the salary that I went to school for in my current place of employment. I called to see how much it would cost for expungement and it was $600 a charge. I need some advice. I hope this doesn’t ruin me. I thought about letters of recommendation from co-workers, family, or supervisors. Maybe this may help when interviewing with a new employer.

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    claudia Reply:

    @Lindsay, Where did you find the info. that it costs $600 to expunged a record? What state are you from?

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    anonymous Reply:

    @claudia, i called a lawyer here in little rock and he told me it would be 600 to expunge if he only has to push papers but if it goes to court it would be 1200 a charge. luckily not as a great thing i only have one charge

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  16. Erick Says:

    I have one domestic violence incident on my record which was 4th degree assualt. It seems like ever since I got in trouble and took the correct steps to a better life, it is really killing my chances for decent employment. It has not killed my job search, but I really do believe it is an issue. I can’t have it expunged, that costs money I don’t have! Then again the economy sucks, so I am not the only one with that problem of finding work. I am always honest about my incident in job applications, but I havew had many say I am a possibile liability. Tired of the discrimination, and making next to nothing. Even fast food joints are are like that. Hiring people that hardly speak english to me I would think would be a liability in it’s self, yet those people get the jobs. I know that is different. But tired of not being given a chance, I left the NAVY on an Honorable discharge, that says something compared to most. I didn’t have the option of staying in due to not being able to make rank. I will keep trying.

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    jorge munoz Reply:

    Hey Erick I am in the same boat as you….I have a domestic violence charge from 2 and 1/2 years ago…I get off probation this nov, but I cannot get a job anywhere because of it. What society does to a person who is trying to better themselves is a real shame, claiming that we are a liability. I served my country in the Marine Corps and went to war for this great nation and I am really on the brink of being homeless and losing my car because I have not been able to find employment. Semper Fi. @Erick,

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  17. herm Says:

    i have a serious misdemeanor for possessing less than a gram of pot in iowa. can never get it expunged….i am also depressed….

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  18. hrbass Says:

    I had a couple of DUI’s approx 25-30 years ago. I also had an assault charge that was dropped during this timeframe. I never went to court or anything regarding the (DROPPED) assault charge, so I am at a loss with what this does and would mean to a prosective employer. I am very educated, and all of these occurences happened in my college years, as I said, many years ago. My concern is, that at 55 years of age, along with 20 years of bulletproof employment with a good record, what are mt odds of gaining the employment potential in which I worked so hard to acheive. ANY HELP would be so greatly appreciated !

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    Kelly Reply:

    @hrbass,

    It really depends on what state you live in.

    California – if it’s a misdemeanor and you completed all of your classes – or whatnot, it won’t show up. The employers there are required to go through a third party background checking company – I think most lower case felonies have a 7 year limit in that state for most positions – except for working at positions such as schools, daycare centers and nursing homes – etc. This requires a special background check that will go through both state and federal channels.

    Massachusetts – any misdemeanor over 5 years old won’t show up unless you are applying for a job at a school, daycare center or retirement home. This requires a special background check that will go through both state and federal channels.

    Hawaii – Is a strange case. They can go all the way back through all of your records – BUT, only if they have made you a formal job offer prior to the background check. If the offer is latter rescinded they must be willing to explain the the state employment office as to how your previous charges present a clear danger or other impediment to the performance of said position. This is the same office that might have to dole out unemployment payments to you in the future.

    the other 47 states – it just depends, but they are a bit harsher with their laws. You should look up you own state statues.

    Best of luck!

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    diana Reply:

    @Kelly, what about Michigan? Does anybody know? Can all employers see your records? Does it go away in 5 years as well?

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    melanie Reply:

    @Kelly,

    What are the laws for Michigan?

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  19. atfault Says:

    I have some bounced checks on my record. I was young and had gotten my first checking account, i wasnt really sure of the side effects of writing small amount checks.( 20 dollars up to fifty) I figured the bank would hold them until i paid them….. so i wrote seventeen of them. Wow was i in for a rude awakining. Ive paid almost 1500 dollars in fines and i cant get a good job, i cant even get a halfway decent job, im stuck with waitressing and i cant get it expunged for three more years according to my state. Also its going to cost 100 dollars a check to have them expunged so ive definately learned my lesson!!

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  20. jess Says:

    I received an Operating While Impaired 4 years ago as a sophomore in college. Horrible mistake and I just got offered a decent job right out of college but in the offer letter it talks about the background check. She never asked me about it before but I am so nervous because I really want the job. I was hired at a temp agency for a few months and they knew about my misdemeanor and even did a background check on me and it came back clear. I just really want this job and hope that this organization will still take me after I tell them up front instead of letting them find out. If I don;t get it I feel like I will never be able to get a job.

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    Gracie Reply:

    @jess, So what happened? Did you get the job? I am in the same boat. I received an offer letter and following that I was sent papers to fill out for a background check. I haven’t disclosed my misdemeanors because they have never asked. The application only asked about felonies…. I have been on the fence of whether to to disclose this to them. I have ultimately decided to wait for them to respond and tell me the background check came back unsatisfactory. Its so nerve racking. I want this job so badly. I have broke down in tears several times due to the stress I am under.

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  21. Drew Says:

    I feel like i am at the end of my rope. I have never been in trouble except for a couple of speeding tickets. However I have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for family violence and had to served 25 days work release…weekend jail. Basically it involves my wife who has suffered from BiPolar for years and recently was instituted twice. During one of her episodes, she broke down and attacked me and in the course of my defense left restraint bruises on her arms. I was charged and she walked. Although she pleaded with the DA to drop the charges of this isolated incident, they refused. I am a professional of 25 years and respected in my field, however my job was recently eliminated due to the economy, unrelated to the incident. Having never had to worry about background checks in my career, i am petrified of losing a career i worked so hard to obtain. My wife is finally stable with the much needed meds and a completely different person, in fact we are expecting an “oops” baby in May. I’m banking on my network of colleagues to help land me a position, but i fear this charge will haunt me. By the way, the not so great state of Texas doesn’t expunge FV charges…ever!! Unemployment runs out soon, credit is ruined and im broke. Unable to provide for my family, i feel like im more of a burden and sometimes contemplate the worst…if you get my drift.

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    joe Reply:

    @Drew, I sympathize with you. God forgives, the authorities do not. I’m stuck in a similiar situation. My Bi- polar girlfriend went nuts and endangered my life so I restrained her(nothing serious). She lied and got off scot free, and I have been condemned to a life of poverty and discrimination. These judges are killers and I think they will be held accountable for murder by God. I’ve finally accepted that life is no longer worth living, but i do feel there is hope for you. Good luck.

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  22. Chad Says:

    Well i have 2 Convections of misdemeanor oh for teft of a papa johns pizza sign and aggervated menising which is has cause my hole life to collapse around me i have not been able to get a job for 3 years now and the jobs that i have had have been 5 and dime jobs i went to paul mitchell but never got to finish becuase i transferred to another paul mitchell location and the woman never put my fasa through so i have been left with the pieces of my life and i really dont know what to do im 22 years old now and every where i apply they tell me im either to much of a risk to steal money or i might get violent with the custmoers which is far from the truth im a great person loved paul mitchell and the whole thing with that i just dont know what do now i not elligable for expungement becuase i have 2 offences which is terriable? so now i am seeking assisting through the BVR Bureur of vocaltional reablitation, pathways program, and Coleman Employment Services. Hopefully i will see some good come of this becuase i feel like my life is a complete waste up to this point.

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Chad, Perhaps you cannot find a job due to your poor spelling and grammar. I am not trying to be rude. Are there any classes you could look into taking to work on these important fundamentals of English?

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  23. Jeff Says:

    Ya know I really don’t like reading about these misdemeanor things. A Misdemeanor really isn’t a big deal I suppose it depends on what the charge was. Bill gates, George W. Bush both have Misdemeanors and they made it to the top. You can be in the FBI, a Police Officer, and depending on the crime even teach elementary school. The best thing you can do is not to worry about it but to just not do it again learn from it. If you get a Dui well maybe it’s time to stop drinking, it doesn’t mean your life is over. Everyone makes mistakes, misdemeanors are extremely common. Employers are human, I bet even many of them don’t have perfect records.

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    Shond Reply:

    @Jeff,
    You must not have any misdemeanors. The fact is, once you have a misdemeanor, you have a really hard time finding a job anywhere. If you don’t have the money that George Bush or Bill Gates have, you are at a loss because, if you don’t work, you don’t eat. The best thing to is to offer some positive advise (if you have any) and wish other bloggers the best. If someone is expressing their unfortunate issues here online, they must really need encouragement not someone here minimizing there problems

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    Tgirl Reply:

    @Shond, I agree with you, the people Jeff mentioned were already established in their careers(or had a rich mom n daddy) Unless you have experienced the aftermath of a DUI(cause as I’m finding out, you really do pay for the rest of your life!) you really can’t say it isn’t a big deal.

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    jen Reply:

    @Tgirl, CAN EVERYONE ON HERE PLEEEEASE, for the love of God, TELL US WHAT STATE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE!!!! It’ll help out everyone reading this out a lot more!

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    Jeff Reply:

    You have got to be kidding. That response from you was irrelevant. In fact bill gates was convicted of a misdemeanor when he was 18 or 19 before Microsoft ever was created. Yes George bush was rich but he got a dui in his early years. My point is he was still elected president even though everybody knows about it. most of the nation overlooked it. Mcdonalds, wal-mart, wells fargo, many gas stations, and many other companies only look at felonies or crimes related to dishonesty or theft. I would recommend to anyone not to research this on the internet but to use real life experiences and talk to people in person that have a record and lawyers. The internet is just full of a bunch of shady people that really aren’t a ligament source of information. I know nurses, school teachers with misdemeanor. I know people that have 7 misdemeanors and still get jobs all the time. The internet is just going to get you upset. Talk to a lawyer. Trust me on this one!

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    Ashley Reply:

    @Jeff, I was wondering if you could e-mail me on some advice. I have a recored a petty theft i was young and stupied. I am in the National guard but still have a hard time finding a job in the civilan job area. I was looking to see if maybe i could remove it off my recored but i dont really know how i can go about doing that so if you could help it would be great. My Email is ashley.wibben@us.army.mil

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    shanna Reply:

    @Jeff, Thank you so much Jeff. Ive been waiting to see this.

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    salianta Reply:

    @Jeff, I would like to get more information about what you just said. Live in New York got 3 misdemeanors charges for domestic violence. My baby mama called the police on me and set up a story that I hit her. She was mad because i didnt want to go back with her. She later dropped the charges, the state picked up the case since then my life is upside down. The incident happened recently, my lawyer said the only way is to go to trials or accepts the charges. I dont know what to do. I’m in school almost finish, lost my jobs…I hope to get some advise from you. you can email me falianta2002@yahoo.com

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    Leeloo Reply:

    @Jeff, Hi. Thanks man for your words of encouragement. I’m also charged with retail fraud third degree. I don’t know how long it will stay on my records. The police officer told me that this will remain only for a year. then it will be removed from my criminal record. Is this true? Please Help!!

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Jeff, Hope you are right!

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    kim Reply:

    @Jeff, thank you right now I really needed that. I needed to hear something positive. I am the mother of 5 and went through a divorce, house fire and an illness at the same time. Got medical help from the state and didn’t report all my income. I feel so ruined right now. I’m in school to be a mental health counselor and I feel it is all ruined. Since I was so sick my healthcare costs totaled $50,000 and I have to pay it back. I assume I can’t try to get anything off my record unless it is paid off. God knows how I will pay all that off. I wanted a life of my dreams and now who is going to hire me. so sad and mad at myself.

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  24. John Says:

    Seems to me.. when the cops pull you over and ask have u been drinking and your honest they mise well just shoot you and be done with it… They got it these days first offense is just as bad as the second third forth or whatever! when it comes to getting a job. I have had no luck what so ever and Im a dang good worker always have been and always to work on time. People know me as a worker! I guess thats the price you pay.. I just hate how u got all these police man and people that run the court systems act like they Sh** roses and never ever made a mistake. Its all politics and money if you got that you are good to go. Or if your a nfl player and shoot your self in a club just go to jail and when u get out start playing football again making millions… Maybe Im looking at this all in the wrong way but geeez talk about depressing…. Maybe there is hope.. Has anyone had any luck or even heard stories about anyone having luck?

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    Lance Reply:

    @John, I definatly agree with you that it is just a money game. In the early 80′s DUI’s were given an arrest and a small fine, but now with every conviction the law knows there is alot of money to be made. Anyways, do not lose hope. I have a DWI and I have found a good job and make a fair salary. I have not graduated from college yet and I am making mid-$20′s a year. Not a ton of money but its enough to survive on and have decent things. To everyone on this web site; do not lose hope. Work to live not live to work. You may not find an easy job that pays a ton of money but there are jobs out there. If it makes anywone feel better, one of my co-workers has 4 felonies and makes 20 an hour. Not a ton of money but enough to survive on. Word to the wise for us with records, keep your living cost low and in check. New cars, brand new clothes, going to bars, eating-out, credit cards, cable, etc. all of these things are indulgences and should be avoided. Nice, not new, thats my motto. Good luck to all, and we are just as good as any other person out their. Judge not lest you be judged.

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    melanie Reply:

    @Lance,
    What line of work were you and your coworker able to get?

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  25. Dale Says:

    I was convicted of a misdemeanor I. 08 for mishandling a firearm. 22 cal. Sentenced to a yr probation finished in 6 months. Been unemployed for two years. Seems like where I live ppl jump at the chance to hire an illegal. B ut won’t even give a guy who wants to start over a chance to start over.

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    John Reply:

    @Dale, Yeah I know man.. Hire all these damn immigrants and cant even keep an american working… This place is going to the birds. Ya I messed up and I do know what i did was wrong but dang Im 23 yrs old dont hold it against me forver.. This is my prime in life to get going good in what i want to do.. Been better off shot hung or something I guess.

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  26. John Says:

    Besides that I just found out.. I was goin on a fishing trip into Canada with family in april and hell I cant even cross the border with a DUI on my record…. Anyone ever heard of that? Guys this is nuts I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy.. A beer can ruin soo many things

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  27. Ben D Says:

    Sorry to hear all these horrible stories guys. It really isn’t fair to hold one incident against someone for so long. You learned your lesson, and you want to move on; and you should have the right to do so.

    Out of curiosity, I’m guessing none of you would be having trouble with employment if these were juvenile convictions, correct? How is a single offense on a juvenile record treated in the USA (by employers)?

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  28. chris Says:

    “Sorry to hear all these horrible stories guys. It really isn’t fair to hold one incident against someone for so long. You learned your lesson, and you want to move on; and you should have the right to do so.”

    You know, I guess I just don’t understand all these candy “butt” responses! Our constitutional rights are being violated and all anyone can say is-”that’s too bad.” HUH!? I have 3 misd. I did my crime, my time, and now it’s OVER!! We’re constantly told “don’t live in the past” and “get over it” but paranoid america can’t seem to practice what they preach! The person- if I can call her that, that had me arrested was a vile and dispicable human being. She had an extensive juvinile record, sued people for a living, and was an alcoholic pothead. I was a naive country kid- without a record or vile habits. I made the mistake of falling in love w/ the using slime bag. I am angry- you bet your ***!
    I’m angry at a system that puts all the $ into prosecution and not into defense; I’m angry at a system that buys into vindictive motives of unstable people…that just happen to know how to dial 911; I’m angry at a country that tells you that you have constitutional rights and you find out that that is B.S; I’m angry that america has become paranoid and has lost the ability to dicern a misdemeanor from a felonly. Before my 1st. arrest I was arresting shoplifters for a living- I was training to be a police officer. I was shelved at 22 yrs. old. I didn’t kill anyone, I didn’t molest anyone’s children, I didn’t run over someone while intoxicated, I didn’t do alot of things! Like I didn’t hire a lawyer…because I once believed in the system! I don’t anymore!

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  29. Donna Says:

    What I am finding is something that puts a lot of people in a catch 22 position. I made a mistake years ago. I admitted it. It was a misdemeanor. It was not a violent offense and it was not a felony.

    Today, I am being told that I can not get a job because of that misdemeanor. HOWEVER, if I had been in prison for a felony, I can be hired because of the work tax credit law!!!

    Drug dealers and murderers and people who con millions out of others can get hired but someone who writes bad checks can’t? Yes, it shows up on my background check. Yes, I tell about it upfront. Yes, I can pass a lie detector test AND a drug test. Yes, I pick up a ten dollar bill off the floor of a restaurant and turn it in immediately. But I was not in prison for child molestation, murder, embezzlement or selling drugs to minors so I am kicked to the curb.

    BTW, that mistake I made? It was to feed my kids while one had cancer because I did not qualify for food stamps because my car was considered an asset but I needed it to get my child back and forth to the oncologist.

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  30. carlos Says:

    I have a misdemeanor for posession of stolen property ,i was a passenger of a stolen car,3 years ago …i honestly didnt know it was stolen …and now i got a job as managment . is this gonna screw my chances ? they wanna do a background check after ive been hired …

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    Julie Reply:

    @carlos, I would let them know up front about that and the circumstances. Just my opnion- it seems like there is no avoiding that one.

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  31. Nick Says:

    MY life has been ruined by a petty theft missdemeanor. I was just the dumbass in the car waiting while my so called friend went insidde the grocery store and stole some meat n other stuff. I have only one semester left to get a BA in Accounting. I have a 4 yr old little girl to feed n had to do this, now i just threw my whole degree away which took me 6 yrs to get to where i was at. I dont know what to do with my life anymore. PEOPLE PLEASE DONT COMMIT DUMB CRIMES THEY COULD MESS UP YOUR LIFE FOREVER!nicksvc@yahoo.com

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    madds09 Reply:

    @Nick, wow have you gotten the incident expunged yet?

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  32. Sammy Says:

    A gun I bought legally later became banned. No notices were sent to the registered owners.

    The local police came to my house and I was charged with a misdemeanor for possession of an assault weapon. I have been turned down for jobs and shown the door several times due to this one and only misdemeanor on my record.

    I wasn’t doing anything, stealing or using drugs, but perspective employers see this and think I’m some kind of thug. It’s extremely depressing.

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  33. Adam Says:

    “Today, I am being told that I can not get a job because of that misdemeanor. HOWEVER, if I had been in prison for a felony, I can be hired because of the work tax credit law!!!”

    I feel the same way, I have a DWAI and I feel like there is more encouragement to just hit rock bottom and go rob a bank so I can get hired under that law.

    I got my DWAI celebrating my graduation with a Mechanical Engineering degree. My first Engineering job interview just last week had to be canceled because I admitted to the DWAI. I think its complete BS that a DWAI should ruin my chances with a job that has no relevance to it. (It was a drafting job not a driving job.)

    I have had a friend who’s had a DUI and had 3 jobs in the last 2 years while I haven’t had one! He tells me that he just doesn’t admit to the DUI and hes yet to be fired from any job, he actually has the luxury of quitting them!

    Just seems like more encouragement to lie and not be honest about things. I don’t think all the years of work I put into a degree should be trumped by a one night mistake where I didn’t hurt anyone, I didn’t steal anything, and there are already the consequences from the legal system that I paid for. The main thing is my situation that really angers me was the fact that it was a sober idiot who blew through a stop light and totaled my car that got me the DWAI.

    I’m hoping its just because of the economy and trying to keep spirits high but it just feels like a losing battle.

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    understanding Reply:

    @Adam,

    Something that I suggest to everyone is what I heard someone else mention as I have been reading these post. You always have to remain optimistic about your future. No it will not be easy but giving up is exactly what everyone wants you to do. The system wants you to give up and make mistaks so that they can keep profiting off of you.

    I have made some mistakes in my past, but I have never let it hold me from what I want out of life. If you just dwell on the past, you have never really tried to move forward.

    A little suggestion is for people to go back to school, specialize in fields where a workers are needed. Look harder, don’t just settle for a field/job that you can get easily weeded out. Think of yourself as a product and market it. Because sometimes opportunities are where you least expect it.

    Have faith everyone, you can move forward, it just takes a strong will. Don’t let all the NO’s break your back. :)

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  34. Elba Tamayo Says:

    I have a recless driving becouse I had been found sleeping in my car, when, the police took the alcohol test it was positive, I would like clean the record becouse I would like to find a better jog. At this moment I’m studying in college. the incident happened 7 years ago.I’m not an alcoholic only circustances happened.

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    KW Reply:

    @Elba Tamayo, Yep me too. Careless driving with open container because I was ‘parked improperly off the roadway’. No evidence of DUI, but they took me in for DUI and reduced the charges later. I don’t know if that’s going to affect me getting my nursing license, but it may.

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  37. Frank Says:

    3 yrs ago I pled guilty to 1 count of False Swearing. This charge is not common but I was given a choice between this or Obstructing an officer. Long story short my wife and I had fights over money,(she would spend money without me knowing about it) I decided to withdraw money from our joint account without her knowledge. When confronted about withdrawals I lied and claimed it was fraud. We went to bank and I signed 11 fraud affv. The next day I tried to stop the process but it was too late bank already submitted to police, i apologized and pleaded with the police to not turn me in. The cop told me he had no choice. I didn’t spend any jail time but my career has been destryed becuz of my stupidity. I have an MBA and I work a job that I’m over qualified for. I’ve had recruiters stand me up once I explain my misdemeanor, I’m told I’m a liability. I’ll be 35 yrs old in 2010 and I feel that I will never reach my career goals due to my mistake. I’ve suffered through depression, but received counseling to overcome it. I did land a job in 2009 making decent $$ my new boss asked me one question “what happened” I explained it and he said “Ok”. For everyone who has a misdemeanor keep your HEAD UP jobs are out there, you just gotta keep beating the pavement.

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  38. Joy Says:

    I was recently convicted of a misdemenor for embezzlement. I was actually charged with a felony, but went to court and spend some money for a good defence lawyer. She was able to drop it to a misdemenor, but now I know what its like to have a record. Before this, I was clean didn’t even have a speeding ticket. I agree with all the above individuals, once you have a record you are really screwed. I have been turned down twice from jobs due to this. I’m 21, and still in school living with my parents, but it sucks bc you get depressed. You see no light in the end of the tunnel, its just dark. Anyway, I do want it explunged, but as I am very new to the system, if any of you have info about explungment, pls let me know. And yes being honest and telling the truth to potential employers hurt, but if you don’t and they find out they terminate you. I don’t know anymore what’s right and what’s wrong….

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    Lea C Reply:

    @Joy, Keep searching the Internet for information on expungments. I found all the information I needed by searching with keywords. Good luck!

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  39. kelly Says:

    HI, Very interesting post just what i was looking for thank yoU!
    now.. i had a interview here in las vegas, i got hired yay!
    but whats killing me is that they havent called me, and i called the manager and he said my background check was the only one missing.. so there for i am scared. when i was 18 i went to jail county ) for drugs i pay my fine and went to reba graduated loL! and its a misdemeanor.. so now what should i do? you think the are going to deny my application even though i already got hired!? i am scared please some one help me out with my question!

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  40. Lb Says:

    I have an open case of theft for under $30 at an old employer, I’m in the state of wisconsin and It has been very hard for me to get a job with an open case I could just imagine what’s gonna happen when I’m convicted. The Da took my deal for a $250 and expungement after 6 months off the table, now my lawyer is trying to give me few days of jail time with expungement after 6 months seems like a trick to me I didn’t know that you can get you record expunged that fast. I think the public defender and the DA are just trying to get me to plead guilty. What do u guys think?

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    Jessica Reply:

    @Lb,
    I replied to your question. I thought I hit the reply button under your comment but I guess I didn’t. I don’t want to write it twice so if you could check out the other post from me (right below yours). It should answer your question. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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  41. Jessica Says:

    Most states do have programs like that (sometimes called deferred prosecution, or ARD) for first time offenders of misdemeanors. This is how it works. Normally when a person goes to court (if they plea/or are found guilty) they are convicted and sentenced. In the case of these programs you go to court and agree to the terms (jail, probation, etc) but you are NOT convicted. At the end of your sentence (which in your case you said would be 6 months) you go back to court and if you have completed all the requirements that were agreed upon and you haven’t got in any more trouble at all you still will not be convicted and everything is done. But if you do get in trouble or don’t comply with the terms of the agreement before your sentence (your 6 months) is up you will immediattly be take back to court and convicted and a new sentence will be imposed. If you do successfully complete this deal you will have never been convicted of this crime, so a background check will not reveal a conviction but it will still reveal that you were arrested. Your arrest record is what you would need to get expunged, which will be no problem since you wouldn’t have been convicted. I just looked up wisconsin and they do have deferred prosecution for first time misdemeanor offenders. I would read more about it. Google “deferred prosecution wisconsin” so you know about it for court. Good luck and if you do get that deal DON’T screw it up, it would be your chance to make this go away.

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    Dan Reply:

    If it’s not theft,dv or prostitution, maybe dwi or drugs,you have a shot at general at a job. The key is also putting time between the conviction and not getting other convictions. Most decent jobs are gonna find misdemeanor,so lying can be even worse,a lower paying job might not have them come up. If you can lie and get away with it,hey we gotta eat man. If you have a skill and a job that in demand if its not a felony you have a chance,it would be hardier.

    I think a good lesson is this stress how important not shooting yourself in the foot by being tricked by a cop or giving away your rights like the keeping quiet and refusing a search. It’s worth fighting stuff even your guitly because most misdemeanors especially your 1st time won’t land you in prison. You think hey just a small fine but the longer consequence need to be kept in mind. If you don’t have money for a lawyer borrowing,ccs,going in debt has to be considered. If you need to relay on a pd,be polite but aggressive in a nice way. Don’t just take some bs plea deal.

    A lot times it’s just being unlucky. Also the law not always moral,it’s whats written down on the books. I think smoking weed is ok but it caused me some hassle. I also was foolish again but over charged. It’s hilarious how in one state a crime is a misdemeanor and in the other a felony. I was drunk,not gonna but buzzed,i knocked on a window to hard and it broke,got charged with criminal mischief. I had 2 legal aides,the 1st once was very nice and the 2nd one a bitch. It was a pain going to court and waiting for 2-4 hrs,going 7 times or so. I told the guy I broke the window and offered to pay,man I should of just ran. Man I hired a private lawyer for 5,000 dollars,and when I went to court it was in and out. He lowered to felony down to a violation,where the pd said that wasn’t likely and got be to not pay for the window or any court fees. I could just plead guilty paid a fine and be done,some of my friends called me an idiot. That lawyer saved my ass,I wish I would pushed hardier or asked the if a dismissal was an option.

    They really should removed your records and make it an issue no find out b.c with computers and the internet even expunged or seal record come up. If you have a non volient or sexual crime after 3,5,10 years an employer should not be able to see if you stay out of trouble. In other countries this is the case. It’s hardier but if your misdemeanor isn’t theft,getting a hooker,dv and maybe drugs or dwi you have a chance at getting a job. Most good jobs do a background check and convictions,maybe arrest show up,so it’s better to be honest. For a lower paying job or if you can get away with man you gotta eat,so why no lie. My friends has about 4 felonies,one for burglary and gang assault. He stole a laptop from someone house and the other one wasn’t as bad as it sound,he true trying to be becoming a better person. He stopped drugs,stealing and has matured,he applied at mostly retail and lower level stuff,sometimes his convictions showed up. He got 2-3 jobs and just said he never got in trouble,he only makes about 9hr but he working ft. If he was honest he wouldn’t have a job. A lot of his felonies could of been misdemeanors. His friend got off on one of those charges b.c he had a great lawyer.

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  42. Bekah Says:

    My husband got a misdemeanor assault charge for hitting a guy when he was 19. And then a DUI when he was 22. He served in the Army, went to Iraq. Now is out of the Army and can not get a decent job bc of his record. It’s CRAP!!

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  43. jim Says:

    once you pay ur fines go to court it should not be on record for employers it’s ok 4 the cops to see but why do employers have 2 it’s not fair

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  44. kris Says:

    My husband was charged with a misdemeanor DV in 2009 (against me). It is his only mark on an otherwise perfect 43 year history. While I am certainly making no excuses for his behavior whatsoever, it was a very minor incident compared to most, and the only reason I called the police was becasue I needed him to leave becasue his yelling was scaring our children. He fully cooperated with police, pled guilty, has attended all his classes and done his community service and paid his fines. However, he lost his 70K+ a year job becasue of it, and now cannot find a job at all (not even at McDonald’s!) mainly becasue of his conviction, and also combined with the economic downturn. I find this frustrating becasue he has done everything he was supposed to, made amends with me, and has become a much better husband and person becasue of it. But becasue no one will hire him (they all say he has a stellar resume and they wish they could hire him, but their HR rules prevent it) – my children and I are facing losing our home and my savings account is drained. Don’t these employers realize that they are further victimizing the VICTIM in this as well by not giving the perpetrator a JOB? I am so frustrated because my husband has done everything RIGHT since then, and no one will hire him. I feel more victimized by this than I did by my husband in many ways.

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    Gracie Reply:

    @kris, Had he had this charge expunged? I also have a DUI in 2008 (unable to expunge), and a DV in 2009 (expunged). I am very worried about what comes back on my background check. I have heard from multiple bloggers that employers can find out about expunged records with these private companies that do background checking, because they have some sort of vast database system.

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  45. Sam Says:

    I have a misdemeanor conviction for criminal trespassing and I just finished college. I have an immense amount of debt to pay back and nobody wants to hire someone with a recent criminal record. I cannot expunge this in the state I live in. I don’t know how else to stress the fact that I fully understand what I did was wrong. I did a stupid thing and I am okay with the charges. However I cannot seem to pass the interview stage with any prospective employers. It really is making me depressed to the point that I cannot sleep without worrying about my future. I have spent countless nights just looking for a job and stepping into a career just seems out of grasp and almost impossible. I feel like a complete failure. I only have my optimism to keep me going but in the court of law, I am deemed a complete loss. (what a way to kill my positive thinking)

    It is sad to read all of these entries and see that there are many people who sound better off than I and yet, they have quite the number of troubles looming over them. I can only imagine the troubles that I will soon come to face, and it is only making me more depressed knowing that I may go jobless for a year or more. I can only understand so much because most of the entries are from people who have done their duties to society and have yet to be released from this misdemeanor misery. If anyone else reads this and has the same troubles, you can go to Hard2Hire.com It helps people with criminal convictions find a job. I haven’t had much success with it but it’s there if anyone needs it. I wish the previous posters would update because it scares the hell out of me to see that none to a few leave any positive updates. I will however keep trying because I am an optimistic person. Can’t earn anything without working hard!

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  46. Kevin Says:

    I have a 2nd Degree Assault Charge and a Telephone misuse charge from a BF/GF fight that most people experience in there life at some point and time. I spent 6mths in jail on a 3yr sentence and was given 5yrs Probation. Last week I asked for a modification of sentence for probation and was granted it. I am no longer on probation and I cant even get a job as a Truck Driver with my misdemeanor. 2nd degree assault is defined many ways. Could be a Threat which mine was or it could be a physical altercation which mine wasnt. Still it is classified as a Violent crime. I find this very unfair for the reason I never did anything physically violent to anyone. This happened in 08 and everyone tells me before I can be hired my misdemeanor has to be 5yrs old. Thats bs. I have applied to 120 jobs and that is no exageration, that is fact and all turned down! I have never been in trouble in my life before this incident!

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  47. allanana Says:

    I have like 10 misdemeamor charges from the past 12 years, the last on being 3 years old. I was addicted to drugs for a long time and would go crazy on them then get caught. I havent even started looking for a job yet because I haven’t yet finished college which I will be doing next spring.. From a top American University I might add, but I am really worried about my prospects, since i am a language major, I will probably end up teaching in China or something or rather.

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  48. Dougie Says:

    I have just recently got a dui (got hit by a truck after a party) and real talk its killing me…emotionally, fisically, and spiritually. I’m still in the community service part of it. So I still have a ways to go. Messed up thing is I made the mistake of signing up for a trade school for automotive before the economic downturn, signed loans, then the new depression happened. No demand for auto techs at the moment, plus since I got that dui, I’m not even sure if I can get a job in this field anymore! So with court fees, student loans, traffic tickets, hospital bills, and whatnot, I’m estimating I’m like 30thousand in debt with bad credit at the age of 23. Now i know i made some past bad decisions, and i know it was because of my lack of inexperience and research. Now though, I realize its time to stop living in the past, no matter how hard it may be. What you do about your sh*t from now on is what matters. Set achievable goals. Don’t forget your dreams and don’t let anyone tell u they cant happen…as for my future goals? Well im going to first do my RESEARCH and work on finding a true recession proof career, while also pursuing a a self employed business, while paying down my debt, and keeping my loved ones closer than ever to me…if it wasnt for the seatbelt, and my quick reflexes, my body would have been found crushed under a lightpost and you would have never read this post. Truly it is not my time yet, and i hope that the people out there can leard from my mistakes and understand where im coming from….good luck to all! Please keep your head up and your eyes open! Peace…sorry for rambling!

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  49. Joy Says:

    To Kelly…Well I am happy that you got hired…hopefully they the background check wont hurt. Cuz after my conviction I did get hired and in about 2 weeks they terminated me bc, they ran a background check and found out. It was embarassing and sad. Now I take care of little kids, going from house to house. Life is hard especially if you live around DC.

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  50. Joy Says:

    To Jessica, Jessica pls help me out here, I read some of ur tips and perhaps you have some answeres for me. I was convicted of misdemeanor in VA for embezzlement back in March. I did hire and lawyer and she dropped it from a felony to a misdemeanor with all my jail time suspended which was like 180 days. I did go to court and paid all the fines as well as the restitution. When everything was over I asked her if it could be explunged she said “NO”. Is that true for embezzelment? Thanks..Joy

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  51. Richard Says:

    I had a bad check that fell through the cracks that somehow me and my wife missed and i ended up spending the night in jail. this has been about 3-4 years ago and now that i got layed off i am worried about if it will keep me from getting a job.

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  52. Xintus-1765 Says:

    You see I’m in Florida, where companies are plain dumb or just don’t care, and here the history is as follow…
    Back in 2008 I endend up getting a misdemeanor charge for petit thief, because a small bottle of advil for $ 4.49, was left at the bottom of the shopping cart when I was doing groceries purchases with my wife and the security guy was a dick (pardon my french) and even after I offer to go back to the store and pay for it, he still called the police…
    That thing is been haunting me since then, I cannot get any good jobs, even the crappy ones here don’t want to hire me for that; can you believe that, I saw people getting hired with drug issues (selling and consuming), a rapist, a battery charged guy, an armed robery guy, and me, that I have a small amount misdemeanor cannot get a job…
    I just came from an interview for a call center, and they hired a lady that didn’t finish high school and I didn’t get the job for the record…
    Can you believe that ?
    Does somebody ahve a good idea, what to do about it ?
    (Besides being honest and come straight with the true about it, because you see, here in Florida, that doesn’t work)

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  53. Joy Says:

    2 Xintus
    Totally understand the situation that you are in. I am surprised that the store decided to prosecute you for such a small amount. Could you get it explunged? I have been working on getting my embezzlement explunged but since mine was around $500 it might take a while. See if you can talk to a local lawyer for explungment. When you when to court did you hire a lawyer?

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  54. Sally Says:

    I’m 18. in april of 2010 i was convicted of shoplifting in the state of Delaware. now i’m going to college and looking for a job. If i cant get one im screwed! i need to get this expunged by the time i graduate if i can i dont even know! i am so scared and it was one moment that i wasnt thinking. we were loosing our home in mass and i wasnt thinking. now i may have to pay for this for the rest of my life! any advice?

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  55. tee Says:

    Society is very unforgiving. I was convicted of petty theft from rent-a-center at 21. I am now 29 years old and I cannot find any jobs. I have to disagree with a comment made above- Walmart, Target, and places as such have turned me down because of my record. This makes me so sad. At times i wish that they would change the law to where it will not show after so long without being convicted again. I live in Texas. Every job does background checks. I too have been very up front and honest about this conviction but it seems to make matter worse. Im am at the end of my rope and I have no idea who to talk to. I failed to mention that i hired a lawyer for this case who did not show up to court twice. I was warned by the judge that if he did not show the third time i would go to jail. I spoke to him and told him what she said and he promised he would be there. Nevertheless he was late, approximate 10 mins after the judge put me in jail he showed up. He came back to the holding room and told me the only option i had was to enter a plea of no contest for a sentence of 10 days jail time. I was never given an opportunity to community service or probation. I have wrote the president and am now going to try to have it removed by the govenor. I am too young to live this way. It really hurts when your own family constantly tells you youve ruined your life. I dont know what else to do.

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  56. Valerie Says:

    Here is my issue: I worked at a gas station. I was fired in March for theft. I’m not the one that stole anything, I was the one working, and I was by myself. I enrolled in a deversion program so that the charge will be removed from my record after 6 months. My problem is that since it was a theft charge, nobody will give me a shot at a job in the retail environment. That’s really all I have experience in. How do I get places to give me a shot, esp as I wasn’t the one that stole the merchandise?

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  57. RightNTwo Says:

    I am in the state of OHIO. I got arrested for causing a disturbance…my husband called the cops on me because I flipped out on him because I found out he was cheating on me. (funny-I go to jail). I ended up with a disorderly conduct misdemeanor with an opportunity to expunge after 1 year. Well, it’s been over a year, I forgot to expunge it, and I am looking for a job and I just ofund out it takes 90 days! So should I wait 90 days before applying? Or apply away? (my dream job at the UN opened up..don’t know if I should even try)

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  58. judith Says:

    my uncle has 9 felony drug convictions, just got out of prison, and has had 4 jobs this year whereas i just have one B misdemeanor theft conviction and have had dozens of interviews and job offers but can’t pass the background check. Human Resources are the gatekeepers. The managers wanted to hire me but HR always says no. “at least you aren’t a felon” Pfft! Drug dealing felons have a easier time getting a job than someone who shoplifted in their teens.

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  59. Enlil Says:

    I can definitely understand all of the comments made on how unforgiving society and the criminal justice system is, not to mention a little sadly absurd. I’ve been charged with Interrupting an emergency call, which is my state is a Class A Misdemeanor. The story is thus, I had a horrible landlord, and I was getting evicted for a combination of missing rent payments and having candles in the building. As unfair as I felt this was, as I made concrete plans with my landlord for payment (Economy and all, etc.). They gave me about a week to get everything out. My fiancee and I managed to get almost everything out, It was 5:00am. My fiancee and I were tired, and occasionally we have arguments. ALL couples do. I was upset due to being overworked and overstressed. We arrived at my fiancee’s place, and apparently my fiancee decided to call the police to make me leave after the cars were unloaded. I kept asking “what for? ” and “well, where should I go?” I was once pulled over a few years back for driving while too tired. It really does impact driving, and I was exhausted. My fiancee decided to call 911 on me, after getting angry that I was being too demanding in the situation, and saying she felt unsafe. (Later, my fiancee apologized profusely for this) It made no sense. There wasn’t an actual emergency. I wasn’t yelling or violent in any way. I don’t believe in that, besides, I was waaay too exhausted for anything silly like an argument, much less a domestic dispute, I was about to pass out. I had no idea 911 was called, and I wanted an explanation on why I was to leave after all my stuff was unloaded, so I attempted to grab the phone. After a lot of noise, we both calmed down. When the police arrived, we were inside. The police weren’t bad to either of us, but as soon as it was known that I tried to take the phone away, and that 911 had been called, I was taken to jail for “Obstructing a 911 call.” I found out that I had committed a crime by attempting to simplify the situation, knowing full well that sleep would be further away, and that enough was enough, especially after carting around so much crap. I’ve never committed a felony, the biggest thing on my record was a speeding ticket. In my state, Obstructing a 911 call is under the heading “Damaging Property or Public Services.” With it being a Class A Misdemeanor, the maximum punishment is up to a year in jail and a $2000 fine. This is not to mention the damage it will do to my record. Yeah…something tells me that’s insane. Maybe its the fact that I’m not an evil person screwing with 911 services, cutting phone lines or being generally an enemy of any public service whatsoever. And maybe its also the fact that I had shown no violence or even threat to my fiancee, and most of my stuff was locked up inside (it still is). My fiancee didn’t want me to go to jail, that wasn’t expected. It was, in fact my fiancee that got me out of jail about 2 hours later. We talked and its all good now. Because of this Misdemeanor crap, I’ve been turned down for a few new jobs, and even more, I’m having difficulty finding a new place to live because of this on my background report. My fiancee alone has to sign the lease to the new place we are moving to, and I know this causes a large sense of guilt in my fiancee’s mind. Because of this, which neither of us intended, I may be going to jail for a while (on the plus side, at least I’d have a roof over my head), all for trying to grab a phone out of someone’s hand. Thank you, justice system, You’ve failed again…

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  60. will Says:

    wow these stories are surreal… I had a marijuana charge back in 2003 and a DUI 2 years ago. funny thing is i was in the army and just got out on an honorable discharge. it’s hard to find a job and my unemployment is about to run out… And having the army on my background doesn’t out-way the crimes that I did. I’m trying to get the possession expunged because i was a kid when i did it and didn’t care about it. But you still gotta keep your heads up, somethings bound to happen… Some people on here make references to killing themselves, and some (judging by their blog dates) probably already have. I mean come on, you let the system get to you to the point in which you want to die! This day an age sucks to find a good job and thats a fact, but don’t kill yourself and end up in place far worse. Anyways, you people need to just hold on to what you have and just keep trying, thats the key.

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  61. ed Says:

    I believe everyone can change. Just because of a record employers that do hire people with records abuse their power. I have a friend whom got tied up in a situation where his boss was taking company money and pawned it off on him. Long story short he wound up with a misdemeanor on his record. My friend’s current employer or I should say the plant manager curses at him expects unrealistic goals and so on and so forth. My friend want’s to find another job but the economy is bad and his record hurts him. I too have a misdemeanor and it seems like only fast food places hire people with records but not everyone’s goal in life is to be working in fast food!

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  62. Kelly Says:

    I have a Class a misdeamer for pety larceny i was sentenced for 3 years probation but got off after just under 2 years, i cant find employment anywhere, only mcdonalds or burger king, but i dont get paid enought to work there i plead guilty to it and shouldnt off its something i didnt do but there wors against mine all cause i went into the wrong place at the wrong time, now i have a degree in nursing and i cant get a job in that anymore or anywhere else I have applied I hate it and i just wanna provide better for my daughter and help my bf out with bills so he can afford to go to school…. life is tough, why wont anyone give me a chance

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  63. Timmay Says:

    Hey guys i have a possesion of Maryjane on my record. This happened in VA so i have no way of getting this conviction off my record. Im not depressed nor am i sad because i was the one who broke the law and got caught. We all have to face the consequences of our actions. We are in a recession so employers are going to comb through the best prospects. All you can do is be honest with the employer and hope they give you the chance to prove yourself. Im currently trying to improve my education which is why i am enrolled in college I work part time for a catering company and lifeguard company its not a career but its something. All i can do is learn from my mistakes and hope things change for the best. There are three types of people those who wait for things to happen those who make things happen and those who WONDER WHAT HAPPEN.

    Black Male living in SE DC

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    C. Hudson Reply:

    @Timmay, You’re young aren’t you? Have you ever had a dream and lost it- just because you human! Humans make mistakes…all of us! It just so happens that arresting people is a lucrative profession. And it’s happening at an ever increasing rate- but if your a young person,you haven’t been around long enough to see a change. So why don’t you live a while…long enough to see that we are having our rights ripped away at an ever increasing rate- and then dispense w/ the advice!

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    Gracie Reply:

    @C. Hudson, Couldn’t have said it better myself!

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  64. Alchemist Says:

    Hey everyone,

    Getting a background check on yourself may cost $60 but it may be a good place to start. You may consider ordering your own background check at integrascan. It may give you a starting point to consider when looking at how to frame previous incidents when applying for jobs. Just a thought. I just got arrested on a criminal trespass charge a few days ago and hope for Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. We’ll see. Good luck everyone. Don’t blame your unemployment solely on your background. I have an advanced degree and the only way I found a job was through personal recommendations despite months of searching. Good luck.

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  65. dawoman Says:

    I’m dealing with a similar situation with my son. I’m wondering if your states workforce commission could help one find a job with a misdemeanor…..

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  66. TrustInGod Says:

    Well guyz – I dont know what to say I have several charges and have been offered several jobs – most say the reasoning why I wasnt allowed to stay on was because I didnt disclose the information. You must have FAITH in God is the only way. Trust that he will show you FAVOR when it comes to gainful employment. Dont lose faith – Do not allow mistakes of your past to control your future. Lean on Him – for what is too hard for God?? The reasoning for this pain that we experience is for our gain – God wants us to rely on him and his perfect will only – pray to Him, and trust in Him with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path! Also understand that a CHANGE is not a CHANGE until you CHANGE – So do what you know is right give your life to Christ and watch him perform miracles. My love, my record is STAINED – but man is not my judge – I have been offered several positions so much so that I have to choose which job to employ -and trust me that is God at work. Dont allow the devil to thwart your personal goals and desires, dont allow him to make you feel less than what you are, pray to God for forgiveness and believe that his Son died for our sins and accept him into your heart. Still, this is America the land of opportunity – I went to college but did not graduate instead I suffered going in and out of jail, and dealt with probation like most of you but what we all have in common is a revelation of a difference. Prove to YOURSELF and others that you are a better individual. If a minimum wage job is all you can acquire at the time – ACCEPT IT – and watch something manifest for you – utiilize others in your area, your customers, colleagues, church and club members, workers and friends and ASK and SEEK opportunities. Try harder!! The only answer my LOVE, is GOD

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    Prayer Reply:

    @TrustInGod,

    You are exactly right and I couldn’t have said it better. I have two misdemeanor charges and I haven’t been able to find employment either. I tried killing myself two weeks ago and luckily my boyfriend was able to prevent my actions from turning into something fatal with his quick response. I have always believed in the Lord and I have tried to do the right thing, but unfortunately I am human and make mistakes. I started my first job when I was 14 working in the kitchen of a nursing home and worked for the next 13 years in different retail jobs while trying to pursue my degree. Now that I am almost finished in school, it seems it won’t matter anyway. And the worst part is that my degree is in Administration of Justice. Go figure. I always wanted to be part of the solution not the problem.

    I decided that if Jesus can’t help me, then no one can. This life went from a constant struggle to a full on battle. I’m tired of crying. I’m tired of not being able to eat. I’m tired of employers judging me on an especially bad year in my life that resulted in some stupid decisions on my part. So many of us have screwed up lives and we are doing our best. What led to my bad decisions was that I was being sexually harassed at my last job. I was assaulted and thrown up against a wall and had my belt buckle torn because the guy was trying to rape me in the back room. I worked 3rd shift for an airport parking company and it would be just me and one driver all night after midnight. I fought him off me but convinced myself that it was better to not call the cops because I really needed the job and I didn’t want to the stigma attached to me that would have definitely followed had I reported it. Anyway, our job location was sold and we transferred lots and the sexual harassment continued. One guy always grabbed my hand and tried forcing it down his pants. Ugh! I worked with the scum of the earth. Anyway, I started drinking to numb myself before work and I ended up getting into an altercation at the bank I stopped into on the way to work. Subsequently, I was convicted of simple assault. The alcohol caused me to act out on all those feelings from the harassment that I had been suppressing and all it took was some lady getting an attitude with me and I lost it. I am deeply sorry for my action, I throw my phone at her and it hit her arm, but I wish the courts would have allowed me to explain what was going on in my life at the time. It’s just not fair. I did end up telling my former employer because I went into work that same afternoon, not knowing the cops had been called because I left the bank immediately afterwards, and punched the one guy in the face. Two people were investigated and fired but what the hell does it matter. The good ones always lose in the end. My faith is the only thing keeping me from swallowing a bottle of windex right now.
    My biggest regret is being too afraid to speak out about the harassment. My grandfather sexually assaulted me when I was 13 and he also sexually assaulted my mother. My dad knew and did nothing. I ended up having to live with this predator throughout different periods in my life due to having nowhere else to go. It broke me in ways I can’t even begin to talk about.
    My advice to anyone who might read this and who is a victim of sexual harassment/assault in the workplace, SPEAK UP! I was too afraid and my fear has cost me everything. I wouldn’t wish my life on anyone. The sun doesn’t shine in my world. I’m hoping and praying for a miracle.

    If Jesus don’t see me or hear me…then I’ll be in the morgue at an age I never thought I would be. Please Jesus, please help me and everyone else in these situations. We are good people who made mistakes for all sorts of different reasons.

    And oh ya, I just want to add…employers don’t want to hear about sexual harassment. I have been honest and explained the situation and the look on hiring managers faces always change for the worse when you mention sexual harassment. This is so unfair! I hate the judicial system and I hate that the system allows for misdemeanors to show up in employment background checks. This needs to be changed. Shit, a lot of people without records do stupid stuff, they just don’t get caught. I am an honest, hardworking, and dependable young woman and I have an excellent work history. I have been in a supervisor position at all my jobs since I was 18. I have a strong work ethic and I learned at a young age from being poor that I had to work for everything I would ever want.

    I want to work, I love to work. This is truly “killing” me. I’m afraid I might do something to hurt myself if things don’t change soon. I’m attractive but I refuse to escort or prostitute myself out. I would have to take drugs or drink heavily to handle that lifestyle and I don’t allow drugs in my life and I have almost stopped drinking completely. I only have a few drinks when my sister takes me out to cheer me up since she pays. It’s bad enough that I started smoking cigarettes again because of all the stress in my life now. I live off my boyfriend right now and he’s gracious enough to not yell at me for buying cigarettes with his money considering he don’t smoke and it’s his money.

    Ohwell. I’m just going to keep trying to fight through this hell. I’m sorry for rambling. Shit, I doubt anyone will read this anyway.

    I wish we all could get together and make a change in the judicial system. Best of luck to everyone. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo! We all could use some extra love instead of the hate and judgment this world shows people who make mistakes!

    Just Pray!

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    Prayer Reply:

    @Prayer,

    Oh ya, I just wanted to add that it is impossible for me to get my record expunged because I live in the great state of Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, you can only have your record expunged if you are atleast 70 years old and haven’t been convicted of a crime in the past 10 years
    OR
    you have been deceased for 3 years!

    Wow! That’s promising.

    I did however come across in my research, the SB1220 bill. Here is some info on it that I’m going to copy and paste for anyone who lives in PA to read. It gives a small glimmer of hope…

    At a time when the federal government is spending billions of dollars bailing out banks, manufacturers and foreign governments, Pennsylvania should take the opportunity to give thousands of Pennsylvanians a second chance by modernizing the way it treats criminal records. State Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, has introduced Senate Bill 1220 to do just that.

    The process by which people can apply to a court to have a criminal record removed from public view, called expungement, is currently not available to people convicted of even the lowest level of misdemeanors. This leaves tens of thousands of people branded for life as criminals in Pennsylvania.

    If SB 1220 is enacted, Pennsylvania will join a growing list of states that have modernized their laws to reduce the period during which the consequences of a criminal record can continue to prejudice people convicted of low-level offenses. The bill won unanimous support in committee on Sept. 27, and Sen. Solobay said he is hoping the bill will soon win approval from the full Senate.

    SB 1220 would allow people who were convicted of second- or third-degree misdemeanors to have those records expunged after a certain period. For third-degree misdemeanor convictions, the required waiting period without arrests or convictions would be seven years. For second-degree misdemeanors, that waiting period would be increased to 10 years

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/expungement-reform-a-second-chance-for-people-convicted-of-low-level-offenses-216813/#ixzz1z7bfXM1T

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    penny Reply:

    @Prayer, i live in wisconsin and there is a slim chance for me.i think you have to be under the age of 25.

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  67. Momof4 Says:

    My Story is pretty similar to many posted on here. I was in an abusive marriage and had 2 kids at the time on January 1,2000 that was the day I decided to leave my husband and some friends took me out. I was 23 at the time. I left my kids with family for the night and had waayy too much to drink. All my friends left me at my car and I did try to call several people for a ride but no one would come pick me up. I was OBVIOUSLY not thinking clearly and decided to drive home. I blacked out at a stop light and the next thing I knew I had slammed into a tree. People pulled over to the side of the road and called 911. I was injured so badly that I could not move, my neck was all cut up from the air bags and when I got to the hospital apparently they had to shock my heart and give me a blood transfusion. I tore several vertebrae in my neck and was in a neck cast for several weeks. The cop came to my room the next morning and said he wanted to just take me to detox so he wouldn’t have to write the dui but because I was so injured he had no choice. I told him I understood and that the whole thing was my own fault.

    This was a MAJOR wake up call for me. I gave my life to Christ that day and totally changed my life around. I met a wonderful man later and remarried and we have been together ever since. I completed my 52 hours of Alcohol counseling(which you could only do 2 hours per week, 48 hours of community service for the Health Dept helping rehabilitate abusive parents,MADD Class, Paid $1,000 in court fines and got my license back. I continued to work full time for the next 3 years and had 2 more children. Decided to come home full time to raise our 4 kids and recently started looking for another job now that my kids are older. I have applied to everything from housekeeper,MCDonald’s to Customer Service positions which is where all my previous experience is… No one will hire me. I cannot even get a job through a temp agency.

    I have never been one of those people that has EVER blamed anyone but myself for this Dui and have always taken full responsibility for it but How long will my whole family have to pay the price for a bad decision I made nearly 11 years ago?

    I feel like Murderers get treated better than people with Non-Violent Dui’s.

    FYI: Both my parents have multiple dui’s from the 70′s and 80′s both with college degrees and have NEVER Had one issue from their Dui’s. I remember being scared to tell my mom about getting my dui but when I called her she said that is no biggie as long as you didn’t hurt anyone and as long as you don’t do it again.

    I guess the baby boomer generation was able to make mistakes and continue on a better path just not their kids.

    I find it very difficult to swallow that I have not had so much as a speeding ticket in the last 11 years but cannot even get a minimum wage job which I would gladly take at this point but I guess every tax paying citizen is going to have to foot the bill for my 1 mistake because now we are dependent on the state to provide Food and Healthcare for my whole family. I would think it would be more cost effective for the state to allow me to get employed but this is the system.

    Just wanted to share my story so others may not feel so alone if they are in a similar situation.

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  68. Stephen Says:

    I fought to get jobs to be a CNA (official poop cleaner) – could not get loans for school, nothing. I probably spend a grand or two last year just driving long distances for interviews for minimum wage jobs. Why? Because a “friend” stole some video games at Walmart and ran from the store. I didn’t know he was doing it and to be honest, I am not 100% sure what happened or how he even got home. He grabbed a bunch of games and ran. I only know this because they showed me the tape. As I am checking out, four employees grab me by my arms and neck and shove me into the room and say the cops are on their way and that I need to call my friend. I didnt know his number, so they charged me with $1200 worth of theft, about $50 per game stolen. I went to jail for the weekend and was fired for missing work (as a CNA, you can’t miss work.) I got a deferred judgement, judge didn’t even ask me anything, I sat in front of a video screen and just said “You are 24, you know not to do this. Go to this class, you can have a deferred judgement” – little did I know that a stipulation of this is that you can’t even get a speeding ticket, which happened 2 months later in my 6 month probation. Going 4 miles over the limit (I was passing a wobbly semi). All the money spent was lost and I now had a theft charge on my record. I applied for everywhere I could, even doing janitorial work. I had to resort to collecting cans and turning them in every day, so I thought “well, I will try to go to school!” nope, no money for super criminals like me, I have to be a minority and I have to be a mother with a child.

    What did I do? I went to another state, got an ID there, then I took a plane to Shanghai, China where I make $3,000 USD a month teaching English, and another $1200 teaching a part time Art class.

    If there were a world war, I wouldn’t defend America by any means.

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  69. Mr Truth Says:

    OK… first things first ….
    Misdemeanor are NOT expungeable .. at least in Georgia…They are considered simply convictions and don’t meet the upward call of the important work of expungement.. and only in rare felony cases will an expungement be granted..
    The REAL PROBLEM is this …..
    1. Its human nature to judge one another. EVEN THOUGH –ALL PEOPLE has in their past , broken the law one way or another.
    2. The world is unforgiving. (period)
    3. The unemployment numbers are WAY too high … so your competing with WAY too many for the same job.
    4. The economy is about 65 percent of what it was just 3 years ago. (NOT MANY GOOD JOBS TO BE FOUND.!)
    5. The internet has made it a lot easier and faster for employers to get criminal background checks and NOW almost ALL employers are on board with that policy.. NOT like is was 20 years ago.
    6. Even though some employers will only ask about convictions and or felonies … Your odds of getting the job with ANY criminal background is deflated…. unless you really have a FRIEND that will help you get in…
    7. People that are over the age of 30 and have a family to support can’t really work at McDonald’s and have any kind of American Dream. SO don’t keep telling them to go flip burgers.

    Conclusion : The State Laws NEED TO CHANGE in regards to criminal record reporting.

    LET ME REPEAT THAT … THE STATE LAWS NEED TO CHANGE IN REGARDS TO CRIMINAL RECORD REPORTING

    There should be NO WAY that after 10 years a misdemeanor charge or conviction should be revealed in any way if the individual has had no other arrest.
    It is a policy that only keeps people that want to work … DOWN..!

    As far as other kinds of MORE SERIOUS convictions and arrest charges …
    ( Violent and habitually offenders ) They obviously would NOT be removed from Criminal History Reporting..!
    I completely understand the reason for the criminal background check..! and it’s not a bad thing … The reporting laws just need to be updated with the times.

    Just to let you guys know … I have a misdemeanor conviction 22 years ago and I can’t get a job…. I shouldn’t even have to discuss this conviction with ANYONE- 22 years after the fact-FOR ANY REASON.. I have never had ANY arrest before or since. NONE of any kind.. BUT with every interview the topic ALWAYS is highlighting the arrest record rather than Who I am and what I can bring to the company … And the SUCCESSES I have had in my past. I have been put in this environment because of a job loss 2 years ago. I have always been employed in Sales / Marketing and Business Management and made good money … Now with the unemployment so high and everyone doing background checks its impossible to get a good paying job ..
    I’m currently doing small side handyman jobs … ( using about 20 percent of my potential) and going DEEP into credit card debt…. This is NOT the American dream my dad wanted me to believe in..

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    mike Reply:

    @Mr Truth, I know in ct misdemeanors can be expunged after 3 years , felonies after 5, but it’s a rather long drawn out process. I myself have been hired and shot down for 5 jobs in the past year and a half over misdemeanors which occurred over 12 years ago, even when the company states they are only checking 7 or 10 years , or checking for felonies only . I have never had a felony charge ,

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  70. Shelby Says:

    I need help. Just today, I went into a Target & bought a purse. I then walked over to the concession/food area and bought two Red Bulls. I turned around and saw the perfume isle. I tried on several and then picked up a box and began walking around the store contemplating whether or not to buy it. I was running late to school (I go to SMU) and had several things in my hands: a Red Bull, my wallet, and the box of perfume. I continued walking around the store just browsing at stuff and then left.

    The next thing I know, a man stops me & says to go back inside. I look down & I still have the perfume box in my hands! This was 100% unintentional (and stupid) on my part. The police came and gave me a ticket. One of the officers was very, very nice and told me he did not believe I took the perfume intentionally. (I had almost $100 in cash on me as well as hundreds in my debt account card.)

    He told me that if I simply pay the ticket, I will be pleading guilty and will have a very hard time finding jobs when I graduate from SMU in May. (I am a journalism major). I cannot afford a lawyer. On my 22nd birthday, I was arrested for public intoxication, although I had a designated driver. I also got a speeding ticket about a week or so ago which I have already paid off. Other than that, I have never been in any legal trouble whatsoever!

    Am I going to be able to find a job when I graduate?

    Does anyone have any advice about what I should do? My fiance is contacting his child support attorney to get his advice.

    I am sick about this.

    Thank you!

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    EFHH Reply:

    @Shelby, Hun, broke or not, GET A LAWYER! That’s the best advice. Try to get this thing thrown out because if not, you aren’t going to be able to get a job if you are convicted and it sounds like they are in fact charging you with theft-by-taking or petty theft. Either way, you need a lawyer even if you have to borrow from a bank, refinance, whatever you have to do… do it. If not, you’re going to be sorry for a long time. Maybe that cop will say that it didn’t seem like you intended to take it in front of the judge and the judge and your lawyer can negotiate to throw it out. Whatever you do, don’t sign anything. Show up on your court date with that cop and a lawyer and fight it out. Good luck.

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  71. Sad State Says:

    Wow…a lot of sad stories on here. I am especially sad to hear that there are so many who are depressed and beyond hope.

    Briefly, this is a whole new side of life for me. My daughters boyfriend stole from my place of employment over a year ago and brought the item to my home where he and my daughter rented the basement. On the same day I was set to testify against him in court for domestic abuse of my daughter, he reported the theft (admitted he took it and got himself a theft charge) and also said I knew which resulted in me getting a possession of stolen property charge.

    I have been flung into the ‘criminal’ world, much like many of you others on here and wow, what a shock! Many of us are innocent, many have made stupid mistakes.

    I like the guy who listed many companies who will hire those who have misdemeanor charges. I see his point, he is pushing to remain positive by mentioning Bill Gates and George Bush. I see his point is that these are hard working people who persist. Money always helps, but persistence I think is the key.

    I know that there are many on here who seem to have lost hope. I would like to ask all of you to step back, get some perspective and keep moving on as hard as it may be and as bleak as it may seem. I understand these are real challenges, I am facing them myself but there is ALWAYS room for hope. Always.

    Some other possibilities I am thinking of are selling Mary Kay. No one does background checks. I will have to step out of my comfort zone and become a sales person and listen to all the crap about MLMs but I don’t care. I need to make some money to keep my home. I too have a college degree and am having a terrible time finding employment. The economy also plays into the situation as well.

    Good luck to us all…I hope to hear some success stories from everyone out there who is down and out…chin up to all of you. :)

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  72. joe ransom Says:

    i just got a gross misdemeanor ($560 worth of stolen stuff) can i still get a job?

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  73. mike Says:

    I have a situation where over the past 2 years I’ve been rejected for jobs due to 12 year old misdemeanors, even when company states they are only doing a 7 or 10 year check , any ideas on what I can do

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    scott bradley Reply:

    @mike, eat poop

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  74. Defeated Says:

    I was a single mom of 2 for 19 years. My ex did not pay his child support and Texas did not enforce the order. He owed and still owes over $10,000. We were struggling but holding our own until I was laid off. Took me over a year to find another job and even that was part time and way less per hour. By that time I was way behind on all the bills including the rent. Was laid off of that job 4 months later. Wish they had let me know that was a possibility, I would have taken the other job I was offered. Because of the timing I was not eligible for unemployment. No money coming in. I became depressed. Couldn’t even get out of bed. My youngest was 15 and my oldest was 19 and away at school. My youngest had existing issues with school prior to this. He refused to go to school. At 15 he was already bigger than me so there was no dragging him there. I called the school. I called Child’s Services. I had to call them 3 times just to get a meeting. At the meeting they simply told me “you have to get him to school”. I tried and sometimes succeeded. He was bullied at school. He threatened the school. During all this, my landlord filed eviction papers. Further depression. I had no vehicle and no support system. I simply was not functioning. My son made threats on the school. The PSP showed up. About 15 cars, guns drawn. Insane. I was charged with a first class misdemeanor for a messy house. Thanks to an incompetent public defender, a DA looking to get his name on the national spotlight and a jail happy judge, the sentence was insane. I pled guilty because the house was a mess. I wasn’t functioning in the least. However, I had never been in trouble with the law in all my 45 years up until that point. My son was not ill or anything nor were they at my house because anyone complained he smelled or was unkept. Sentenced to 23 1/2 months (6 months served) and 2 years probation. All this on a crime I could not possibly repeat even if I chose to. My son is now 18 and I am stuck in this small town. They took absolutely nothing of the circumstances into account. It was not like I was living nicely and locked him in a filthy room. The very fact that I was living in the mess as well spoke to my state of mind. I have no one here and they are harassing me about community service that I have no way to complete. They insist I do it at the Humane Society that is over 8 miles away knowing I have no vehicle and no friends or family here. I guess I am heading back to jail. And forget about getting a vehicle. Catch 22. could only land a part time job and there is no public transportation here. No better job, no money for a car. No car, no way to get a better job. No way out. Another question: If I started my sentence January of 2010, and I got 23 1/2 months plus 2 years probation, shouldn’t everything be done by January of 2014? I think my papers say December of 2014. Haven’t they added an extra year there?

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  75. scott bradley Says:

    hey im 15 and i got a mip on my record for possesion of marijauna so is it possible to get it expunged i know that it doesnt relate to the topic of alchohal but i have a misdermeaner and will it effect how i get a job since its worse than alchohal

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  76. Youngsville Says:

    Applications ask if the applicant has been CONVICTED. With a diversion or expunged charge, answering “NO” to that question is not a lie. Your record is checked anyway. There may be (and probably are) a lot of naive young people working for recruiters and employment agencies. Although you are not lying on the application, once your background is checked, they may interpret your answer as a lie–or you were not completely “up front” with them. Then you can’t talk to them about why they always have a brush off when you’re looking for work. It’s too awkward. You can’t win. Also a lot of direct employers may be naive about this, as well. This is why I hate cops so much.

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Youngsville, I thought if you had a record expunged then no one could view it. Please explain how they would find out even if it was expunged?

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  77. Steve Says:

    Wow. All these posts go against what I’ve experienced. I was arrested for shop lifting when I was 22 in 1990. I got deferred adjudication. Oddly enough, it’s never kept me from getting any jobs (at least as far as I know). I worked at IBM, at mortgage companies as a loan officer, and as a flight instructor too. Then in 2002, I got a DWI. I got two loan officer jobs at mortgage companies and my buddy has a DWI and got hired by citi bank as a loan officer. Well, ive since expunged my shoplifting charge, but last night I got public intoxication. So now employers see a DWI in 2002 and a public intox in 2011. I’ve heard public intox is no big deal but the fact it follows a DWI cant look to good. It makes me look like I have a alcohol problem when in fact, I only drink (as in get drunk) about 3 times a year now. I hope these don’t affect me anything like others are saying it might. Yikes!! Maybe for many of you, it’s more about the bad economy than your records???

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    Lea C Reply:

    @Steve, As a former loan officer who brokered with several companies, I can tell everyone that there are all kinds of characters working as loan officers. Many, many mortgage companies are fly-by-night and will take just about anyone who can sell. I wouldn’t use that as a bench-mark for others jobs, by any means. I know there are many fine LO’s, but, on the other hand, many mortgage companies, mostly those in the sub-prime market, don’t care who works for them.
    Might be something to try if you can’t get a job. It’s not too hard to learn the laws and how to originate loans, and I found the work to be very interesting. Just be careful not to let anyone encourage you to cheat here and there, as this is very illegal and unethical. You won’t make as much money as some if you are completely honest and looking out for your clients, as a LO is supposed to.

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  78. Mike Says:

    So I was surprised to see somewhere on the 2011 application for us to mention any misdemeanors we have been convicted of. I was only expecting for amcas to ask about felonies, which thank goodness I have none of. However I have 4 misdemeanors from a 2 year perios and I am freaking scared that this will really hurt my chances.

    When I was 19-21 yrs old, I was an idiot. I got drunk, and got in a few fights, and kicked a door. Had to go to some rehabilitation classes, which I missed a few times that led to another silly charge.

    All in all I have 2 disorderly conducts, 1 destruciton of property, and 1 LOP (missing class) violations. I have strong GPA, decent MCAT, good PS, strong LOR’s and solid extracurriculurs.

    This was over 13 years ago and I have not had any problems since. I stopped drinking alltogether many years ago, paid all my taxes, and been a good boy. Can anyone advise me on how this is going to affect me? I have worked so dang hard to get here, and I am freaking out.
    Mike´s last [type] ..The Problems with online degree

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  79. Raul Says:

    well im so sad to see all these stories on here, believe me when i say i feel you guys and what your going through deeply, well heres my sad sob story, Ok me and my friend are from So Cal and back in 09 i went with him to a Rave up in Nor Cal and this was my first time up in the Bay area ever so he wanted me to help him by getting customers for him because he told me he ran out of gas money to get back home to So Cal -____- ok so i do it and after i get him a person and am about to walk away, we are both suddenly rush by people behind us and pinned against the wall and having hand cuffs being placed on us, it turns out the person i got for my friend turned out to be an undercover cop, and the whole event was filled with them, so we get hauled down to a basement filled with a bunch of people they had caught already and were catching more by the minute, and we both had to spend the night in Jail up in Nor Cal, i bailed out when i got the chance since this was my first time offence i could, but my friend wasnt so lucky since this was now his third conviction for Poisson of illegal drugs, so when they searched me they found nothing but when they searched him they found the pills he was selling, Ok now since i was with him and brought an undercover to him, i got charged with 2 felonies and a misdemeanor, 1 felony for Poisson (even though i didnt have dam thing on me) 2 for conspiracy to sell, and 1 Misdemeanor for being under the influence (im not gonna lie i did use X) so i after getting bailed out i had to go to court a bunch of times and since i couldnt afford a Lawyer i had to get a public defender (public pretender) and since this was my first major offence, i got a really lucky break and a good deal, they were willing to drop the being under the Influence Misdemeanor and the conspiracy to sell Felony if i pleaded no contest in front of the judge and take the 1 Poisson Felony and take 3 years of probation 18 years supervised, and in those 18 months if i dont screw up i could go up North and have a judge reduce it down to a misdemeanor Poisson offence, and after i complete the full years probation i could get it expunged, now i was 22 when this happend, so from August of 2009 all the way to February of 2011 i had a 1 Felony on my record and i got turned down from every single job i applied for it was not even funny, i didnt not get back a single call at all from anyone at all so after a certain point in 2010 i gave up applying for work and just stayed in college and got financial aid (which by the way they can take away from you to if you get a felony if your in school and getting financial, but thank god for me i wasnt in school at the time) at times i was really sad and depressed becuz i couldnt get a job and i was about to give up hope and at other times i as happy becuz at least i was getiing financial aid every long semester i went to school which was like 2 grand every semester since i didnt have to file taxes after i lost my job after my arrest, and now its May 10th of 2011 i am now 25 and i already went up north and saw a judge and got my finally reduced to a misdemeanor Poisson and im no longer on supervised probation, only Bank probation, and i am a registered drug offender now, and after getting my Felony reduced to a lighter misdemeanor i tried to take a jab at the employment market again and recently got hired at McDonalds, i cant believe how much of a difference having that stupid good for nothing garbage felony reduced down to a misdemeanor helped out, although McDonalds is alright and all, i want to get back to a retail job like i had before (Macys, Mervyns etc) and when i do the applications most of them ask if you have been convicted of a Felony or a misdemeanor all the time where was McDonalds applications only ask if you have been convicted of a Felony and to excluded misdemeanors (thank god) but i see now even though my Felony has been reduced to a lighter sentence, i still find my self hostage to my new misdemeanor and i have to wait even more to get it expunged off my record, which i am so thankful i can do, but it want it off now then later, by the time i can get this thing expunged ill be 25 almost going on 26 and keep in mind i was 22 when i got all this happend, thats a lot of fuckin years gone by just to get all this crap off my record and all for some stupid real dum mistake i made in the past, i mean god i know i fucked up bad but we all do and we arent perfect, you think they would just give you a slap on the wrist without the life ruining misdemeanor and felonies on your record and all this bull shit that they add, bu anyway now i really wanna apply for retail jobs like Kohls and Micheals arts and Crafts and Wal mart etc, and im so afraid to put down on the applications that i have a misdemeanor for Poisson of controlled substance (which i had none on me at all when they searched me) and i would greatly appreciate some advice from all of you as to if i should apply for retail jobs and put down that i have a misdemeanor for Poisson? or just wait it out until August of 2012 until my probation is up and my misdemeanor expunged? i thank all of you if you read this long sotry and hope you find some hope in this grim story that all hope is not lost if u get a misdemeanor.

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    Danitra Reply:

    @Raul, I have a burglary misdemeanor for false returns at target (I returned games without the disc in it four times, and the loss prevention team was waiting for me). After being caught and ailed for 3 days I was set free. I was in college and also an after school tutor for elementary kids, I was making $15 an hour and of course the day I was released I got the voice mail saying that I could no longer work as a tutor. My days in jail made me miss an imperative project in one of my courses so I had to drop the course (it was in child development so it doesn’t matter because all of my classes and degree in psychology won’t matter with a burglary misdemeanor on my name). I have been struggling to find employment and return to the lifestyle I had but it seems impossible and as a recent grad i feel like those years were wasted over a stupid decision. I was able to get work at Ross(dress for less), I have been turned down at various places and it really hurts when they really “like” you and they still say that their protocol wont let them bend their rules…you can’t bend the rules to hire an educated skilled professional who falsely returned some damn games to target. I will never do any stupid shit like this again but it seems this dark cloud will never cease to hinder me from living my life. However I said all that to say I DID get hired at six flags, Ross and an airport chili’s so there are places that hire certain misdemeanor victims.

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    old stoner Reply:

    @Danitra, I got busted for Misdemeanor charges for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance in a unauthorized container. It sucked, all over about a gram and a half of herb a clip and a half of a lotitab.All three charges come from one incident only thing ever on my record,and I am 55. Try getting a job at that age they fired me from my job of 29 years. They never even asked about the charges and its not like it was at work or I had a high level security clearance. Most employers are assholes that have backed themselves into a corner with their own, wrote in stone, policies. I was one of their best technicians, the Plant Manager and Plant Engineer,went all the want to the vice president of manufactoring trying to save my job, and this is a fortune 500 company. They were told that the “policy” says he has to be fired even if we don’t want to. Liability factor so they said. Bullshit. I think topped out pay and 7 weeks of paid time off had a lot to do with it. Anyway enough said about that. THERE IS believe or not HOPE I got a job yesterday as a technician with a large company after about 6 months of looking and being turned down because of the background issue. I HIGHLY SUGGEST being honest about it and prepare yourself a LETTER OF EXPLANATION for your interview. It makes it much easier to explain when it comes up about why you left your last job of 28 years and are looking for something that pays less. I lost about 8 dollars a hour have to start over with no vacation but at least I got a chance to start again. The bitch that fired me needs to be happy, because I was about to fire up on her. Hang in there, people with brains, that look at your qualifications, exist but they are few and far between. Look and see if you can get bonding insurance it was not available in Ky. but it is in a lot of states. Happy job hunting keep your heads up there are still a few good managers out there that are more interested in what you do for them in the future than some small screw-up you did in the past.

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  80. Cody Snider Says:

    I have multiple felonies related to drug dealing and I dropped out in 9th grade….but I still hold my own as a software engineer. My career is moving and nobody seems to care about the criminal record.
    Cody Snider´s last [type] ..Google Analytics Country Names

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  81. chris Says:

    i have one too for pot and a pipe in 20010 in las vegas now i live in bullhead city AZ and even tho i tell the employers that offer me a job they latter call me and say they can’t hire me this sucks that employers make me feel like a felon.

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  82. Lauren Says:

    So far I’ve been turned down for two jobs because of my background one job as a census taker and one as a home health care aid. I thought my charges were dropped in court but something most be there because it keeps popping up.

    I was arrested twice for domestic once for second degree assault and once for disorderly conduct. All of them were dropped by my ex husband in court and the prosecutors didn’t pick up the charges cause they had no proof. The only one that I got anything on was the disorderly and that was supervision which I successfully completed which is not supposed to be a conviction. I live in Illinois and according to the Illinois state police criminal records div. they don’t keep any records of non-convictions which is what I thought I had.

    The state police is where the agency for the home health care care went through so I know that’s where they got their info on me. I also had a suspended license due to failure to provide vehicle insurance and I guess that is a conviction. Does anyone think that it’s the disorderly and the suspended license that’s showing up. I have four kids and feel completely hopeless I’ve always had big plans for what I was gonna do and now I can’t do anything.

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  83. Shane Says:

    I was 23, my last semester of college, and I was doing some shopping with friends at a local grocery store and I was finishing up my internship relating to my degree in Finance and was getting a couple job offers and I was very excited to be starting my life. I left a bag of dog food on the bottom carriage of the cart and didn’t notice it until someone flagged me down by my car. The clerk and I laughed about it, I apologized, and followed her back in to pay with the dog food in hand. While returning to my car the manager of the store and a police officer grab me by the arms and carry me to a room like a criminal where I spent over 2 hours, locked in there with no way of getting out. The manager claimed he was waving me down and I walked past him as if I were trying to get away. I asked for proof of this from their surveillance camera of the front and parking lot and he ignored me. The cop never returned, no ticket or anything. I was let go and returned to my car to my now warm groceries. 2 months later I get pulled over for not wearing a seat belt on my way to my parents place and it shows up that I didn’t show up to court – I didn’t know I had to attend. I spent the weekend in jail with someone who stabbed his wife and a child molester, and Monday I am charged with contempt of court, and theft in the 5th degree. To “Steve” – I’m calling BS, or unless you wouldn’t have worked at so many places. With most professional jobs, if you have any kind of record – you don’t stand a chance. Don’t even waste the gas money. I couldn’t find a job anywhere so I worked a couple factory jobs, eventually being laid off from a steel warehouse and Heinz (Ketchup Factory) after my 90 days because thats when they start going through your criminal records. Now Im in deep debt because of my degree, and I can’t find any work. I was working elbow to elbow with illegal immigrants in most cases (nothing against them, hard hard working people) So I opened up an eBay business and that did alright for a little while before it dwindled to nothing. Meanwhile, I was traveling everywhere for a shot at a decent job.

    I ended up seeking work in Canada but was denied citizenship because of my recent arrest record. After hearing from co-grads that were going to China for jobs, I maxed out my credit card, bought a ticket, had enough to buy food and rent for a month and the cost of a return ticket. Within my first 3 days, not expecting anything serious I get an interview 2 hours after submitting my resume through an expat employment agency and now I make 73k USD a year handling department budgets in Shanghai, China for a large company originally based in the U.S. – hilarious that I read a similar story from someone else on here.

    The problem is that the judges are from such a very different time. Things today do not work like the did 40 years ago, and thats what people do not understand.

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    Bonnie Reply:

    @Shane, It’s been a while since your post so I hope you can answer me. I got a deferred harrassment charge and would like to leave the US to teach English in another country. The FBI check will show the info. How did youn get past this? Have you ever thought about putting together a web page on step by step instructions on how those of us with criminal histories can start over in a new country? I am afraid to even try to travel. Can you give me more info?

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    Shane Reply:

    @Bonnie, I have never ran into issues. I am a Marketing Manager for a U.S. based company from my hometown that manufacturers lighting and equipment for stadiums and companies such as Nascar. I make $82,000 USD a year and live nearly bill free, as my rent, utilities, food, and transport are things paid for. If I were to pay for those things myself, I would be making six figures a year. You won’t be “held” in your country if you try to leave unless you have pending charges or something. With your charge being deferred, I wouldn’t bother at all. I had no trouble getting my Visa in China but depending on what country you go to, they look into your record at local levels and if it shown as deferred, most places won’t care. I did have a friend who was an ex-Supervisor that was fired after a DUI (you would think personal life and work life would be two separate things) and he tried to pick up an English teaching job in Japan and he was turned down.

    I can say this with confidence now. The job market in the U.S. is horrible, and twice as horrible as anyone wants to admit. I love not working in the U.S., as it felt like life and work were the same things or overlapping things at best. Here, life does not consist of me working all of the time to move up. No 60+ hour work weeks, no lack of appreciation, no lack of pay. I will never go back.

    There are thousands and thousands of blogs up online where people just like me and you describe their transition.

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  84. Data Guy Says:

    I was charged with DV-Harassment in 2010 and the charges were complete bullshit. My ex-girlfriend AND her ex-husband lied in the police reports and I had proof of their lies. She refused to cooperate with my lawyer for questioning, so a deposition was ordered. After hearing the deposition, the prosecutor dropped the charges. He gave them a serious lecture but didn’t charge them with falsifying reports or witness tampering (in the case of her ex-husband) which I really think he should have.

    I was not convicted of a crime. Also, I was never arrested, the city simply sent me a summons to court. My ex did file for an order of protection against me which was also full of bullshit. I hired a lawyer and fought it HARD, taking almost two months of continuances. These idiots also filed police reports against me saying that I was stalking her in hopes of getting me arrested, but the police didn’t believe them and I was never summoned to court nor arrested.

    I am now in the process of changing jobs. My new employer wants to do a very thorough background check including any pending charges. They ask whether i’ve been convicted and I said “no” because I haven’t been. They didn’t ask whether I was ever charged with a crime, only if I have pending charges now which I think is strange. They also do civil court searches, and my name does come up with the order of protection filed against me.

    I’m a database/software guy and have worked at Microsoft and other major companies. I’ve never been in any kind of trouble before and i’m approaching the age of 40.

    I’m wondering if mere CHARGES of DV-Harassment and a civil order of protection will hurt me?

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    Lea C Reply:

    @Data Guy, It might be worth a consult with an attorney to ask that very question. Plus, you might start researching expungements in your state.

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  85. Brent Says:

    Everyone, life is tough. I got a misdemeanor DUI in 1993, misdemeanor 2nd offense DUI in 2003, and in 2008 I plead to misdemeanor attempted verbal threat, destruction of a cell phone, and obstruction. I was given a $150 fine, probation.

    It sucks, but do not give up. I lost my career b/c of crazy ex GF, who destroyed my apt and did not get arrested. I wasn’t arrested that night either, she filed a report 3 WEEKS later.

    I was fired from my job not b/c of the incident, but b/c of Google. Media made a big stink and said I was some nut job, even though I served honorably in the USMC, did grad school later in life, promoted 3 times in my 7 year job, but being in public affairs, a crazy girlfriend can RUIN your life and….

    BUT…….I keep trying and if something is not working, try a different strategy…it’s tough..but we’ll all make it…time heals all…hang in eveyone

    Bottom line

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  86. LiLove Says:

    hi i have a misdeamenor in petty theft probation has been over since 5years ago. i completed all they asked me to do but i dont know i havent really had a job since bc of my record. that day (teen days young dumb and gullable…) I took a blame for someone who asked me bc their record is bad enough and if their parole officer finds out they will go to jail and i will be ok bc blah blah blah yeah. and i really arent ok I really need some advice pleasse thanks

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  87. Chris Says:

    Some good stories out here. I just recently got my first DUI and I feel like crap. I was one week away from starting a new job making a significantly more money and was pulled over .5 miles away from my apartment. I dont wanna sound like some angry black man, but I try to look at the positive in all people and do alot of volunteer work throughout high school and college. That night, I had a few drinks celebrating my new position and my girlfriends college graduation and was arrested for a DUI. I just feel that since it was close to the end of the month and I was a rare sight for the area I am living (not white) I got stopped. Although I might have the possibility to have it expunged.

    I was able to keep my current job but I am still struggling with what to do in the future. I am not someone who likes to settle for something but this really seemed to knock me down and I am having a hard time getting myself together. I was going to go into the CJ field with the new job but thats out the window. I work in the social work field but I have a BA in psych.

    Any thoughts and suggestions on how to get back on the right track of positive thinking. Also how this could ultimatley effect me in having a positive career in becoming a working professional in those fields trying to help better my community and the individuals who live within.

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    Lea C Reply:

    @Chris, Hi. I have been doing research non-stop for the last 36 hours after an arrest for telephone misuse which I will tell about later. So, after all the reading I have done on the internet, I have replied to a few of the posts hoping to help just a tiny bit. I have learned a lot by reading through all these posts going back to 2009. Not very encouraging at all. I will just mention a few things I have read in the last two days. A consult with an attorney is advised by most sites. There is a great web site called Avvo.com/legal where lawyers answer all kinds of questions almost instantly after you ask them. I learned so much there and will continue to use that site always. People say to develop a strong defense to present to the person screening you for hire; perhaps even a written statement. They say that with a DUI, try to show some kind of class you have taken, or have done something to address drinking successfully, even if you know it was a one-time thing and you don’t ever drink and drive now. You can learn a lot at avvo.com about expungment in all the states, and how to go about it. Some people start careers as self-employed people, some are lucky enough to find a sympathetic employer, but, unfortunately, from all my reading, it’s pretty rough. I have been self-employed most of my life, and the only background checks I’ve ever had were for teaching positions, even if it’s for a 1099 job. (Of course, teachers should all have background checks.) I am considering all this for myself at this point now, as I may wind up with a misdemeanor conviction (at the age of 53!). Volunteering is suggested as a way to rebuild relationships. You can’t have too many references. I am thinking about getting a therapist because I was very angry when I told someone off on the phone, and to appear that I care about this, I will work through some issues with a counselor as an act of good faith. Someone mentioned a site called Hard3Hire.com. I hope you won’t need that, but just in case. Also, I am going through my state job office which has vast resources for helping all kinds of people get jobs. Maybe they can help with a conviction on a person’s record. I do think that once a person has paid their debt to society, they should be allowed to get on with their lives. Many people say that potential employers tell them that they are considered a liability. I don’t really know what’s behind that, but you can be sure it’s all about money.Hope this helps some. ~Lea

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    Chris Reply:

    @Lea C, Thank you for all the advice. I have been a lot of research myself. I do hope I can get back on track and I think I will be able to with some of your advice. Good Luck with your situation as well. I do agree with you that once someone pays their dues that they should be able to move on without any hassle.

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    Julie Reply:

    @Chris, It seems like you are actually very lucky! You got to keep your job and social work has a lot of potential. Even if it hurt your dream of being in criminal justice (and maybe it didn’t- later on down the road, it might be still be a possibility). Chin up! You made a mistake and you have a career! Just try to find something positive each day.

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    Chris Reply:

    @Julie, Thanks Julie. I do consider myself lucky in having my health, great friends, co-workers and family behind me for support. Yes, I would agree that I did foul up but everyday I am trying my best to gain a better perspective and move forward. Social Work isn’t my desired field but hey, I have a job and I don’t have to crawl home to mom and dad (which is good). I have decided to take some classes in the spring in CJ or a related psych field to pass the time before I apply for something else. I guess I can say my age is on my side. Thanks again for your comment!

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  88. KW Says:

    13 years ago I lived in a small town in New Mexico where the cops are overzealous and discriminate against poor people, and the Munie court judge (since retired) was a woman-hating drunk who had cops fired if they dared to pull him over for DUI. My ex was able to successfully use the cops to harass me by making repeated visits to my house to ‘inspect for safety problems’ related to our child. On their third ‘inspection’, I demanded a warrant. The officer pushed my door open, twisted an arm behind my back, and handcuffed me to a chair for four hours while he waited for the warrant and CPS. The backstory is my ex had broke in, trashed the place, then called the cops right before he knew I would be home. I never even had time to see what all he did before they were there, accusing me of ‘tampering with evidence’, and wouldn’t listen to a thing I said because I just happened to live in government subsidized housing. Long story shorter (but still long :) For the apparent crime of ‘having a messy house’, I was charged with a non-traffic petty misdemeanor citation that reads ‘Cruelty to Children’ and shows up as an arrest even though I was never read Miranda rights, fingerprinted, booked or any of that stuff. Also, I was denied legal counsel on the basis ‘It’s not an arrestable or jailable offense’, yet there it sits on my rap sheet like a fat stinking turd. And I’m about to graduate from nursing school. It was 13 years ago and I completed the parenting classes that were ordered. CPS came to look around and declined to open a case against me at that time, which must indicate they did not have adequate grounds. WHAT NEXT???

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  89. Adam Says:

    @Chris 2 DUIs!? WoW that’s tough to deal with. I had a friend who managed, though, it’s all about networking and getting recommendations. He had a felony and landed a job in fortune 500 company. This is not as easy as it sounds, but knowing the right people can outperform almost anything else. Tip: buy people drinks, always smile, never burn bridges, everyone is useful for something – you just don’t always need them.
    Adam´s last [type] ..Certified Nursing Assistant Salary

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  90. Ron Says:

    I had a misdemeanor charge and now work in construction. I think it realyy depends on what industry you work in, for example I could never get a banking job and they are real criminals.

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  91. James Says:

    I am 56 with no tickets or accidents ever. I got a DUI for pulling 30 feet into my one-way back alley to park at my appartment. I have my license and was given court suppervisin. I lost my 24 yr. career and my wife devorced me. I guess I am finished. I wish the court system would just give you the death sentance, It would be faster than becoming homeles. My future is suiside.

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    Lea C Reply:

    @James, Can you think of some type of self-employment to do?

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    Lea C Reply:

    @James, There are mortgage companies who will train you for work as a loan officer. You will have to look around for a while, but I know they are out there. I was recruited back in the 90′s by a sub-prime lender. It was commissions based, however, even I made some money at it. Banks have requirements as employers like everyone else. Mortgage companies do not require background checks all the time. It is very interesting work, and the people in this industry are easy to work with. I would start by cold-calling from a list of propective companies that you can write up from looking online or in the phone book. Tell them that you are interested in breaking into the business…how can they assist you? Also, in every land records dept. of the circuit courts there are title-searchers. They are usually very friendly and might be able to help you with a few leads.

    You must have skills that you can teach others if you have a 24 year career. I teach private piano which is pretty safe from background checks. I had just retired from this, however, I may have to go back to it as I now have a charge in process which will likely result in a conviction of a misdemeanor.
    I am also very depressed and thinking that this may be the end. My health, though, is the primary cause of my wanting to give up after all this on top of it. There must be something you can do and charge people for. Think about it, ok? I wish you the best, where ever you choose to go.

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  92. Bec Says:

    I received a misdemeanor 4 years ago for domestic violence. It was not taken into consideration how my (Now and ex) spouse physically and mentally abused me for 12 years. Now I can not find a job anywhere. They even listed my hands as a weapon because he sat waiting for the police squeezing his eye to make the minor black eye I gave him appear as tho I beat him with 2×4. I have to be honest I wish I had sometimes, makes me wonder if I should have just let him beat me one last time then pulled a trigger in self defense. At least I could get a job to support my kids then.

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    Bec Reply:

    Oops– meant now an* ex

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    Gracie Reply:

    @Bec, I know how you feel. I got charged with DV. My ex was very controlling and manipulative. He made me quit my job and I was even more dependent on him. He had me in a head lock in our bed room when his friends were in the kitchen, because he said he didn’t like how I was acting. I came out of the bedroom irate and hit him. Needless to say he called the police to get the DV charge on me because he had his friends there to witness me hit him, and not what had happened moments before in the bedroom. I guess I just felt confident attacking him back in front of other people. Well, learned my lesson there… when I got out of jail he held that over my head for the remainder of our relationship. I never once fought back after that, learned my lesson. He would hit me all the time, and tell me if I called the police I would be the one to go to jail because I now had a record. Of course I believed him and the abuse continued… by the grace of God a year later a neighbor called the police and they arrested him… with the help of a victim advocate a few weeks later I was finally able to gain the courage to leave and get a protective order. She wrote the judge a letter on my case getting it dismissed explaining to the judge that I was in fact the victim, just too scared to place the blame on him. The judge dismissed my DV charge, and I was able to get it expunged. Well, I am still dealing with the consequences of it, because these private background checking companies retain their files even if it has been expunged. So if a potential employer sees the charge, even if it says expunged, they will cast their judgments anyways… and try explaining a long story like that to an employer… no employer wants someone who has had a troubled past… even if they are the victim. I have tried to overcome everything… but it will haunt me forever. It is like my ex’s way of forever taunting me. Plus side, he finally plead guilty to domestic violence charges last spring, after paying attorneys to get continuances for months. Did he follow the terms of his probation? NO! Has he spent a single day in jail thus far? NO! He is facing charges for violating the protective order Nov. 1st and facing probation violation charges Nov.1st. But so far he has bought his freedom… He is very powerful and continues to prove so… he makes 500k a year… I am now on food stamps and cannot find a job. He was very smart having me arrested for DV in the beginning, it kept me trapt, and I now will forever be trapped with no empathy from any employers. Life is truly unfair sometimes… and I am tired of hearing people say stay positive.

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  93. Michelle Says:

    I have 2 misdemeanor one for burglary and one for theft i was hanging with the wrong crowd and now i have been jobless and looking for a job no one will hire me its been since 2001-2002 since i pleaded no contest … please help can i get an expunge on both of these? thank you

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  94. Michelle Says:

    I have 2 misdemeanor one for burglary and one for theft i was hanging with the wrong crowd and now i have been jobless and looking for a job no one will hire me its been since 2001-2002 since i pleaded no contest … please help can i get an expunge on both of these? and what jobs should i go for? thanks

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  95. Joshua Says:

    I am also having trouble finding a job I have a pom,assault and deadly conduct, but my assault don’t even have a class to it, all of these happened over 7 years ago. and I am still paying for them and I have spoke to a lawyer and they told me it would be a waste of time and money to try but I’m not giving up even-though at times it feels hopeless.

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  96. Justin Says:

    Let me tell you guys, there is hope and always will be hope. I am very depressed recently all the time because my 7-10 year old past is still haunting me.

    I’m a web designer and was offered a job with a large health insurance company locally. After the interview, drug test and all that they pulled up my record. OMG if I didn’t predict that they were gonna tell me to go screw myself.

    I’ve been convicted of Possession of Marijuana, Minor Assault, Petty Theft, Unlawful use of a criminal instrument (Texas jargen for a tool, ie crowbar), Failure to Appear, Probation Violations. I was a terrible kid that didn’t care about school or anything at all. I was sent to a prison farm at 13 and it did nothing for me.

    I’m 29 now and haven’t been in trouble since age 22. I was homeless for 6 years when most of this stuff happened and much of it happened in various states.

    At age 24 I met a girl in college where I was trying to get my life together. I moved in with her and got married. She has been the saviour of my life and has turned me around by mostly keeping me in one place long enough to actually try to accomplish something.

    It has been no easy task and I haven’t had a regular job since I was 23. For the past 6 years while trying to look for work and failing at every turn I’ve tried to make money in a lot of different ways.

    I tried playing poker online for a while and while marginally successful it wasn’t very fulfilling. I started an online retail website selling various electronics. My biggest struggle here was capital and trying to find legitimate vendors. Lastly and most recently (since 2007) I’ve been teaching myself and became a web designer/developer. I saw a bit of success early on which lasted about 9 months where I made more money in those 9 months then I’ve ever made in my life. I ended up leaving after finding out that the guy I was working for was an HYIP scammer, so I started looking for other opportunities. Because of this early success I started my own freelance business and have gotten minimal work. I haven’t seen even close to that kind of success since which is hard because once you’ve had that success it’s really hard to go back to making minimum wage.

    Many employers have been interested in my new skill set as a web designer/developer but guess what, people want me until they find out about my record. I was hired by a local agency that led me on for a week telling me they were going to hire me only to find out that they were just looking for a contract person where I agreed to make a small amount of money hoping to get a good career… I was used to get my skills for cheap to help them catch up.

    Now I am making a few small commercial digital products like website templates and stuff and I’m also teaching through online tutorials for aspiring web designers. Neither of these pay nearly what they should but it’s supplemental until something better comes along.

    The point is this. If I could go from what I as to teaching myself marketable skills and at least knowing that people want to hire me now, then there is hope for anyone. Knowing they at least want me says that someone will eventually look past what I did 7-10 years ago. It might not be until I’m 35 for someone to look past it but at least when I’m 35 I’ll have those skills and have tons of freelance experience and an awesome portfolio to show off at that time.

    Get out there and learn something. There are actually a lot of online opportunities from web design and blogging to search engine marketing and logo design. These are things that are easily self taught. Maybe go to tutsplus.com and find one of their tutorial sites to learn from. Freelancing is not a bad career, it just requires a LOT of dedication until you get noticed and you have some work to showcase.

    Good luck to everyone!

    Vote Ron Paul 2012!

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  97. kent Says:

    Certain offenses should be removed and destroyed. To those who say that admit to learning something. I will never admit to doing anyting wrong. I had a place clothes police officer approach me in my home city park where I take walks. He asked if he could perform oral se on me and I did not respond. Suddenly I was arrested. While being detained by him he wanted me to admit something I did not do. He said that he knew how to make a lewd conduct stick. This is just politics. Find gay men and try to give them a record for something and no jobs for them. No jobs they cannot make donations for other causes they may have and they can never run for public office. This is nothing more than harrassment. This would never happen in Europe where I spend alot of time. So I have a few friends who have masters degrees who have the same charge and cannot work. We just collect disability now. Question for any who may be reading this. Do you think that this is good for our economy? Arrest productive citizens, making it difficult for them to find employment. So now that individual may collect unemployment or disability etc…..they will also not be paying taxes either.

    Lawyers and religion is what will be americas downfall.

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  98. Max Says:

    Greetings.

    Two years ago I had a misdemeanor minor shoplifting charge and a huge lasp of sound judgement at a big box retail store. I was NOT arrested, but went to court and got an attorney. A deal was struck behind the scenes by my attorney, where I would be on probation for 1 year and have to take a 4 hour class (this described by the judge). After 1 year if I had nothing happen and was a good person the charge would get reduced to Trespassing (again described by judge). Being the innately good person that I am, I was released from supervised probation after just 4 months and nothing did happen in the following year and nothing to me has happened ever since then. That’s how I plan to keep it. I am assuming my record would now say Trespassing as it should according to the presiding judge… but I have no way to check this. Apparently in VA, that type of sentence is very common for first time shoplifting offenders.

    I have since been applying for jobs. I have a college degree and am having a hard enough time finding work in this economy, let alone with something on my record. In the state of VA you cannot have a misdemeanor expunged from your record. It stinks. For the rest of my life I have to live with this on my record, and I know it is making it harder to get a job (one my my prospective employers told this to me).

    There are times when I get so upset that I wager what it would be like to go back to try shoplifting again. Personally, it’s not worth it for me… not now or ever… but the state has punished me for life and inadvertently made it harder for me to get a good job and employment. I know people in the same boat who don’t want to shoplift, but without finding a good job, have felt they had no choice but to go back to it. The system and “second” chance they got by the program has failed many of us… because it makes it harder to find a good job. For some that I know it means going back to bad behaviors. I know I won’t make that decision again… but it stinks to have to go the rest of your life with something minor on your record. I accept the consequences of my actions though. That said.. here is my question.

    What does it look like on a background check for my prospective employers? Does it say “Shoplifting reduced to trespassing” or will it just say trespassing? I purchased a self background check from a company online a year and a few months after my court appearance to check…(as I was expecting it to just say trespassing) and there was nothing that even showed up on it! Just a time in the past where I went to court because of a speeding ticket. Nothing about trespassing or shoplifting.

    When applying for jobs, I’ve just decided to be honest and upfront about the situation saying I had a trespassing charge which was a reduced sentence that came with a divergent program which after a year should have had the original charge removed from record… but I really have no idea what a “professional” background check would say. The one I got myself from an online company didn’t have a thing!

    Any insight would be great!

    It just seems the system is set up to punish you for life… it is no wonder some people turn back to old bad behaviors when it becomes so hard for them to move forward because the community as a whole doesn’t judge them the way the courts want them to after they pay their price for the crime they commit.

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  99. steveham Says:

    This is a topic that affects many people as can be seen by the posts right here. As one person on this thread put it, the best thing that anyone can do who is thrown into the world of “criminal” is to keep pushing on, persevere and don’t give up! I echo that sentiment!

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  100. Trung Says:

    Hi, I was in the same shoes with many people here. I got a great job offer as a senior in college then disaster struck. I got charged with aggravated assaults on police officer and resisting arrest, even though I did nothing wrong. A drunk guy tried to pick a fight with me on the subway and the cops somehow assumed I was the trouble maker and arrested me. I didn’t know they were cops (not in uniform, did not display badge…) and struggled to stay on the train while they pushed me out. I later had to admit to a charge of simple assault as the prosecutor was siding with the cops.

    Afterwards, I went forward to my employer and confessed to them everything before starting my job. I was completely honest with them and told them every details of the story. Fortunately, they were very understanding and kept the job offer for me.

    I am writing this as an encouragement to everyone else. There is hope out there for all of us. We’d just have to be honest, and hope for understanding. I know I was definitely lucky to have such employer but people, please don’t give up. don’t let the misdemeanor ruin your life. Keep trying and I’m sure you’ll find a job that appreciates you.

    Cheers.

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  101. bleaktruth Says:

    If this were September 10, 2001 we would not be having this discussion. Unfortunately, since 9/11, employers have used that as an excuse to become voyeurs when it comes to candidates’ criminal records. Every employer wants full disclosure on every offense, ever. If you think having a misdemeanor conviction doesn’t severely impact your employment prospects, you need to start thinking realistically. In some states, the law implicitly denies employers from using convictions against applicants if the convictions do not pertain to the job. However, when was the last time you heard of an employer obeying the law? They are criminals like anyone else, they are just in a position to leverage their hiring ability against others.

    Let’s look at an example…the Texas-based ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners), the de facto leader in fraud prevention and detection, consistently releases studies year after year stating that 85% of frauds are convicted by persons with no fraud convictions. Background checks are unfortunately grossly ineffective when it comes to identifying potential employment risks in these areas. Why would you hire someone with a clean record, if they are 9 times more likely to steal money then someone with a record? Isn’t the point of background checks to weed out potential liabilities, and not to put them on the payroll?

    Bottom line, with a single misdemeanor conviction on my record, it appears I am left with one of two career choices: labor or suicide.

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  102. EDDIE Says:

    ONCE WAS A CORRECTION OFFICER, UNFORTUNATLY I HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH TWO FEMALE (2005) WHILE LIVING IN VA, ONE BECAME PREGNANT SO I DECIDED TO LEAVE THE STATE OF VA, TO OH. TWO WEEKS INTO LEAVING VA, I RECEIVED A NOTICE OF ACCUSATION FROM VA POLICE SAYING THAT THE OTHER FEMALE CLAIMED, WITHIN AN ARGUEMENT, I PUSHED HER. (NO MEDICAL REPORT OF PHYSICAL TRUAMA REPORTED, AND IT WAS REPORTED TWO WEEKS AFTER THE ACCUSE FACT). MY FAMILY WAS ALREADY IN OH SO I WENT BACK TO VA WITH THE ADVICE OF MY LAWYER. I WAS TOLD IT WAS BEST TO PLEAD GUILTY BECAUSE THE CASE WILL TAKE LONGER THAN THE THREE DAYS THAT I HAD WENT FOR. SO I PLEADED NOT GUILT BUT I ACCEPTED THE PLEA OF COURT, I WAS THINKING ABOUT MY KID I LEFT IN OH SO THE ONLY OFFENSE ON MY BACKGROUND IS MISDEAMENOR. I WORK IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM IN OH FOR 3 YRS, MOVE TO PA AN CAN’T GET A JOB BECAUSE OF THE ASSAULT AND BATTERY THAT IS OVER SIX YRS AGO WHAT CAN I DO I GOT 2 KID TO FEED

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  103. HS Says:

    Guys, get. a. good. lawyer. if you are charged with a crime. He or she will tell you what to do. If you don’t, you take unnecessary risks.

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  104. Funkebone Says:

    This is a societal problem as much as an individual problem.

    It’s not surprising that some of those with perfect records are as judgmental and self-righteous as they are. As much as anything, this is a strategic stance for them, as they figure it eliminates a lot of otherwise talented and qualified people, making their job search that much easier.

    Of course, I’m not saying that ones criminal background is of no consequence, but to be holding things against people for years is economically and socially stupid. Some really talented people with a lot to contribute are held back. All this extreme judgement creates a permanent underclass, and no doubt contributes to recidivism and social unrest.

    I know all to well. I graduated summa cum laude with a masters degree in physical chemistry and feel like my life trajectory has been permanently derailed due to some misdemeanor charges.

    I’ve come to realize that at least part of the problem has been the tremendous blow the whole thing has had on my confidence. It has caused me to be extremely cautious professionally. I was essentially a permatemp for years simply because I was scared of what would happen if I tried to get hired on fulltime. I just hunkered down at the same job forever because of my fears.

    At least this psychological aspect one can work on. So, go out there and try. There are already enough judgmental people in the world to hold you back, so don’t do it to yourself. I don’t think the situation is impossible, but certainly if you end up having a bit of contempt for society it’s understandable. What I would advice is that you forgive society. Even though many in society may not forgive you, you can rise above it and realize that they themselves are not perfect. So, forgive those who seem incapable of forgiveness. You’ll feel better, and honestly it’s the right thing to do. Turns out none of us are perfect.

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  105. mr d Says:

    Hey guys my sad story goes like.
    i was in l.a and hadda crazy gf who attacked me n i went to jail.
    she had been diagnosed with behavioral issues. but i believed in second chance and chose to love her but i guess she needed more discipline or medication.
    anyways dudes its been almost 6-7 months i even moved outta state no ones giving me a job. i go in with nice attitude do not look like a thug or what ever n have nice behavior..whats gonna happen for people like me.

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  106. Gabrielle Says:

    Short story for me. Background in HR and advertising..30 years of working my butt off to buy my home as a single woman. Stopped for DWI in Texas. Had only two drinks but refused to blow. Had receipts for two drinks and also a full dinner and gave them to the cop. Refusing to blow immediately pissed of the cop. Went to jail in spite of sounding and acting normal on tape – lost court case after spending 5K on a lawyer. I’m losing my home to foreclosure, owe the IRS and now due to this conviction have fees due to Texas in the amount of 2K the first year and 1K a year for two years after that. I am totally broke, make $11 a hour (I landed the job before I was convicted) and am bordering on homeless. I will have to see if I can claim indigency to keep my license if I can’t pay the fee (and that is still $250 a year -they never waive the fee completely) Am trying to get my life back on track but at 51 as an older woman with a college degree and saavy about HR I don’t know if it’s possible. I am in the middle of severe depression and have lost most of my friends due to never having the money to see them (gas money or “going out” money) I have 22 days of labor detail in the hot Texas sun and I”m not sure my health will hold out. To all you that throw stones we are more than paying for our actions – guilty or not.I firmly believe that as first time offenders we have become the victims of Texas law. There is no longer deferred adjudacation and expungement is not possible at all- it is permanently on our records. I would like to see a class action lawsuit brought by those guilty of misdemeanors making it illegal for companies to do background and credit checks before the interview. Some states have already started this. Texas however, is intent on destroying the lives of those who have never been in trouble. MADD has decided that the lives killed by drunk drivers are more valuable than ours- it’s okay to destroy our lives. But although this is not the popular view those of us with first (and last for most of us) offenses far outnumber those that have been killed in drunk driving accidents. Who is to say whose life is more valuable? Texas has created a new “poverty” class made up of hardworking, God fearing, professionals who are now eligible for food stamps. I’ve also heard there has been a sharp rise in suicides in Texas – many of them using their cars to do this. When you can’t find a job to support yourself or your family and might be facing jail time I’m surprised that more people don’t opt out. We are the new welfare and food stamp receipients so all of you that are holier than thou are going to pay for us one way or another – In either welfare or prison. Get used to it…it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Wish I could offer words of wisdom for the job search. My best advice is network like crazy with those you know already and their extended work family so that maybe you won’t have to do a background check. That’s how I got my current position.
    Exhausted in Texas.

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  107. Romeo Tyson Says:

    Reading all of these posts can really make someone depressed! I realize that the comments are about the trials and tribulations that others have been through, but don’t let a conviction or someone else’s conclusion about be you be the final determinant for your life. Just like how there are many stories of people that haven’t been able to find employment because of their convictions, there are also many other people that have been able to find employment. I am in a situation like the rest of you where I have a misdemeanor on my record and I’m not sure how things will turn out for me in the future. I have a misdemeanor theft on my record, I have a few months left on my probation period and I was told by the judge that by me doing everything that I am suppose to do, I can be eligible for having my record expunged. I refuse to let what happened to me in the past keep me in a bottom position for the rest of my life. I have the faith that my life will have what I want it to have. If I can’t achieve that level in this area I’m in then you better believe that I will migrate to some where else and begin my life. Only the strong survive!!! continue to stay confident, get rid of those negative thoughts and one day you will be able to earn the kind of money you want. I believe that with every inch of my heart. Those that I know that have felonies or misdemeanors on their records have been able to get good jobs tell me all the time that getting a job can be done, so just believe that, pray, and get rid of that negative energy!!!!!!!

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  108. Don Says:

    I have heard a lot of people say that they have no compassion with someone arrested because they did something wrong to deserve it. Amazingly, some people dont know what has happened until they are arrested. In my case, I was 18 and verbally arguing with my 16 year old brother..I broke my cell phone because I was upset with him..the neighbor called the police- when they arrived they received the same story that it was only verbal but they arrested me for domestic violence and damaging property. The charge for the damaged property was dropped because it was my phone…sadly- had i not broken my phone and the argument was only verbal i supposedly would not have been arrested. Now I have issues trying to get employment at the age of 21. The justice system is out of control.
    My best friend joined the military at age 18 and closed his bank account at some point…one check was not accounted for…yes it was his fault but he honestly just missed it accidentally…when he returned home for a visit and was pulled over for his headlight going in/out…he was arrested for that check.
    A lot of companies hire felons for the large tax breaks, But misdemeanors??

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  109. LostHope Says:

    The effect s of having a DUI can truly ruin a persons life now but there is noone to tell you that beforehand. Not all DUI offenders intended to drink and drive nor had much choice. In may of 2009, I was staying at my girlfriends house and we were entertaining a few friends for the night. One of her friends bumped into her with a wine glass severing a vain in her wrist. She had to go to the hospital that nightmand the police officer who arrived to take a report insisted that we all had to leave and that I could not leave my car there or it would face a 30 day impound. He would be back in 25 minutes to make sure we were gone and would arrest us for drunk in public if he saw us walking. That night we could not get a cab for at least an hour and a half and the only available towing company were was chartered out to the police department for the night. At the time, I lived in a different city and staying with my girlfriend was regular thing half of the time. I wasn’t about to drive home out of town and had to chose the lesser of two evils. One of our friends there lived about a quarter mile away and so that is where we went, having no choice, we had to go somewhere. We made it to his house without a problem and as soon as I pulled into his driveway, the same police officer pulled up behind and arrested me without any questions.
    Since then my life has been ruined. I would have rather crashed and died that night even if it meant killing someone else. Since then, I lost my job and am unemployable. It has been 3 years now that I have been out of work. I have lost everything. I have been living on my mothers couch for 2 and a half years now, there really is no hope left. I cannot go into school for a new career because everything is insurance regulated now and I am considered a liability. I talked to every military recruiter I could about joining a branch. At this point I would easily risk my life for my country for minimum wage of it meant a small paycheck and some hope for a future. But I can never join the military now because of this. Funny how undocumented illegals can join the service, so can serious felons, but I can’t. Why can’t I give my life for my country at the frontlines of battle? Apparently, my life is worth absolutely nothing now. Yet if I were to be commit suicide, I would be committed as insane or mentally unstable. Really, tell me what is insane about ending a life with no hope, no future, nothing ahead but homelessness, hunger, inability to acquire healthcare?
    So often I hear the same general solutions, start up a business, go work at McDonalds or TacoBell. Believe me I have filled applications and submitted resumes to every restaurant, fast food diner, clothing or grocery store, state agency, post office, temp agency, construction company, etc. Every employer conducts background checks, and believe me, restaurants do not just hire anyone who walks in just because you need a job, contrary to some peoples stupid generalizations. With all of the government and state agencies created to rehabilitating this and preserving that, there is not a single one to help a DUI offender reacquire employment. I guess I’m just as evil as a terrorist. If there was true education of the after effects of having a DUI, I can guarantee you there will be fewer of them, because if there’s any chance that you are DUI, then a police officer may as well be Jason Vorhees, run. Run every stop sign, red light, cut off pedestrians, do whatever, just don’t get caught. Seriously, you may as well be in prison for the rest if your life because otherwise you will be just as unemployable and unable to provide for yourself or a family. At least in prison you will have clean clothes, a dry bed, 3 square meals a day. The DUI alone will just get you homelessness. Did the legislature ever consider these long term casualties of their policies? Of course not, they never take careful consideration of long term effects. This not fall under the category of cruel and unusual punishment. I have had all of my livelyhood taken away and there is nothing left of me. Do you perceive my frustration to be …unreasonable? Am I “mentally unstable” in your eyes? Go to hell you vindictive pile of crap. You have your vengeance. If I could give my life and give you back your daughter or son, I would. But guess what, it wont. Nothing will. THEY ARE GONE. Now your mission is taking the families, the hopes, the dream, the futures from others.

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  110. CantMakeThisUp Says:

    Woowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Reading this has really depressed me but I guess it helps to know how it really is. Seems like my life over the last few days have been following the story line word for word to so many people here.

    Wanna hear my sobbb story?
    When I was younger (17) I got a DUI that was latter knocked down to a reckless driving (later vacated). Back then I didn’t care about of a lot of things and did act pretty recklessly. It was not settled until over a year and of course it went on my record as an adult. There was also a possession charge but these were both when I was still in high school – I didn’t really think a lot then.

    Flash forward had a horrible moment and ended up walking out of Nordstroms with a pair of jeans. The event was so embarrassing and shameful for me because I had just gotten into college and was about to change my life drastically. I didn’t tell anyone and just “handled” it myself – meaning that I went to court; the judge told me how much I was messing up and how I “better figure it out” and then I pleaded and got a small fine.

    And then what did I do? . . . I figured it out; I went to school. I got a bachelors degree and I developed a passion for working with people and social services. I did AmeriCorps and volunteered working to benefit people experiencing homelessness, poverty, hunger, youth, disabilities, and environmental and political causes. I had paid student leadership positions at my school and I also studied abroad. I took a one year course in psychology and worked on healing myself and learning how to help others heal. That was my dream and I really felt like it would be easy to do – I don’t even really care about the money because you don’t make a whole lot doing that work. I even feel like there are a lot of opportunities out there to do good things that pay well and exciting things being done. For me I think it would be so easy with a clean record.

    Only problem? Ohhhhhhhhhh yeah . . .. . . those convictions. They never even occurred to me while I was doing all those things that the places I was working at and the people who enjoyed working with me couldn’t even hire me if they wanted to! Last week I pretty much got let go of my job working with children with disabilities. They said I couldn’t be licensed to work with the kids and that they would call to see if I could work with the adults but I’m not holding my breath. All of a sudden I realized that all the places I thought I could get a job at based on my skills; qualifications, experience and personality would actually likely automatically disqualify me because of my convictions.

    I doubt I could even get a job at a retail store.

    I have changed a lot since I was 17 – and even a lot from when I was barley 21. I have made great strides to enhance myself and I feel like I could do something great; it is so hard to comprehend how much more difficult that is going to be now.

    Today I went to a job interview at a super skeezy place. The guy only asked me to come because he thought I was hot. When I got there 5 min early he was practically begging the lady to take the job and kept talking about how poor she was. She said she would think about it . . . this place was so sketch they couldn’t give their jobs away. I saw an app on the counter and started to fill it out. On the front side was a question about driving record and I said yes – then he came out and said that was the wrong copy and he gave me a 2 sided one and it had the dreaded conviction question. Such a skeezy place and I knew I wouldn’t get the job and so I booked it while his back was turned. Then I texted him; told him I was sorry told him what was up and he told me that if I sucked his dick he could pull some strings. YUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!

    How can a guy like that have a job and not me?????? I really don’t get it.

    I was already thinking of teaching abroad. China was not my first choice for countries but I guess it might be the best option right now (have no others). I really hope it is as easy as mentioned above!!! And I hope it isn’t more intense than it was when all these other people did it. I’m pretty sure if i got an offer I would check “NO” on my z-visa.

    Are there any other jobs in china besides teaching English? At this point all I am motivated by is money to sooth my broken dreams

    Ohhhhh also is there any way to get that guy fired? I couldn’t find anything about their business online

    I am not going to get caught up in making this the rest of my life; I know I can still have something normal or decent – but it is so hard to ignore the scary idea that it might be this hard or even 10X harder to work with a misdemeanor 10 years from now! Ohhhh yeah and the fact that I feel like I basically have to leave this country; all my friends and family because there are basically zero opportunities for me here.

    ps. please don’t judge

    Thanks:)

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  111. Garman Says:

    I won’t get into all of the gory details of my case. Suffice it to say my situation is much like many of yours. Basically I was charged with a DV on my ex-wife about six months ago. She wanted to have the charges dropper. Of course the prosecutor did not want to drop them. After refusing many plea offers by the prosecutor. I finally accepted an offer that would have the charges dismissed. Currently my record says assault 4 pending. On November 19th it should say assault 4 dismissed. Then 6 months from that time I can have the record expunged. I am having a heck of a time gaining employment. With the charge being dismissed and the fact it will be expunged I am hoping to finally land a job. Does anyone have any advice? I hope this won’t ruin my life. Note: I had an interview at carmax today. I told them that my record would show assault 4 pending. But, it was about to be dismissed. Two hours after the interview I received an email that I did not get the job. I hadn’t even changed out of my interview clothes yet!!! Any advice appreciated!

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  112. okhan Says:

    well i have a misdemeanor on my record but all i did was that i was honest with my employer and with the grace of God i got the job. so just keep it up no matter what ppl say just dont give up n be positive. also all of u who have DUI problem please its about time u realize that human life worth alot more than getting drunk n killing ur self or worst hurting some one else. plz be smart n stay away from that poison.

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  114. JoeGregor Says:

    Hello, if you are reading this than you are most likely out there job searching, but are hesitant to apply to certain jobs, because of your misdemeanor convictions. I would like to assure you that you CAN get a good job with previous misdemeanor convictions, take it from someone who has a list of misdemeanors, which include; drunk in public, resisting arrest, battery and a few marijuana charges. I was working in the restaurant industry, because most restaurants do not do background checks and was simply getting tired of the stress that comes with a hospitality job. I soon started applying to retail jobs like Target, Macy’s Save-mart and places like that. I was given rejection letters from these companies stating that they were not able to proceed due to my criminal history. I was disappointed at the time, but kept on putting out resumes. I soon got a call from and engineering company that manufactures devices for light and heavy industry. I was honest on the application when it asked about my criminal history and the lady who interviewed me actually respected that I had the courage to admit my wrongs that I had done in the past. I now work full time in an industry that before I thought I had no business in!
    Now that I explained my experience, I’m sure you want some advice. First, do not stop looking and applying for jobs. For every ten asshole employers, there are at least 4 employers after that are understanding and probably do not have the cleanest records themselves. This makes room for understanding and they will probably feel for you, because they know the struggle. Second, do not spend your free time abusing substances for in the long run, these substances will inevitably make you more depressed and down than you were in the first place. Not to mention, that most good jobs will drug test you and that would suck that you got denied employment, because of a dirty drug test. Instead, go back to school or learn a trade. Make yourself more valuable than the other candidates who have a clean criminal history. This might sound ironic, but apply for the jobs that PAY WELL!!! It has been my experience that the lower paying little retail jobs are the ones who trip the most and deny employment to people with misdemeanors. Go for the “BIG BOY” or “BIG GIRL” jobs. Employers in these kind of fields are most likely more emotionally mature than some HR manager at Target (no offense), and do not feel threatened by someone with a criminal history. They also are mature enough to realize that people do change and will not make a judgement about you for something that happened years ago. I have more I want to say, but I have to get on with my day. Remember, DO NOT QUIT!!!!!! You CAN make something of yourself!!!! I hope this was helpful to somebody. Have a great day:)!!
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