People make mistakes. But this is what makes us human. Fortunately, we also have the ability to learn from our mistakes. Perhaps this is the reason why the law gives past offenders an opportunity to clean up their criminal record for the purpose of achieving a better quality of life. If you have a felony charge or conviction on your criminal record, it will certainly have an impact on your day to day life, as well as your long-term goals. Not only will your employment opportunities be affected, your personal life, such as child custody, dating, and social groups, can also be affected in some way or another.
Whether you were recently convicted, convicted years ago, or currently facing felony criminal charges, you may have some options to protect your rights and preserve your freedoms when it comes to employment and much more. Continue reading to learn what you can do to get a job with a felony looming around on your personal record.
Getting a Job as a Felon
If you have a felony conviction on your criminal record, getting a job can be tough. Unless you start your own business from the ground up (which by the way is a great idea and highly viable for past felons), or work in the fast food industry, your options for employment can be severely restricted. Fortunately, you might qualify for criminal record expungement, which can make all these job obstacles disappear.
Felony Criminal Record Expungement
Here in Indiana, a law was recently passed that gives certain relief to those with a criminal record. These laws are known as Indiana Second Chance laws, and they allow those who qualify to have their criminal records sealed or destroyed from public records. It is Indiana’s first comprehensive criminal record expungement law.
Once criminal expungement is granted to a person, the criminal record is removed from court files, police records, department of correction files, drivers’ license branch files, substance abuse counselor records, and more. Additionally, it is ILLEGAL FOR ANY INSTITUTION OR EMPLOYER to suspend, expel, refuse employment, deny permits or licenses for occupational or professional activity, or discriminate in any way.
Qualifying for Expungement
Although this is a significant opportunity that will open several doors for the previously convicted, not all applicants will qualify because there are various stipulations. Furthermore, and for obvious reasons, there are several felony convictions that cannot be expunged in Indiana. These charges include, but are not limited to, the following:
☒ Sex Crimes
☒ Reckless Homicide
☒ Human Trafficking
☒ Assisting or Causing Suicide
☒ Registered Sex Offenders
☒ And More
Felony Criminal Defense and Expungement in Indiana
Call David E. Lewis, Attorney at Law at 317-636-7514 to learn more about felony expungement in Indiana, and for Indianapolis felony criminal defense you can trust. He is eager to help you get the fresh start in life that you deserve! Best of all, his services start as low as $850, so you can afford to clean up your record just as much as the next guy. Call 317-636-7514 to schedule a free initial consultation, today.