Fort Lauderdale, FL- If you were arrested and charged with a crime in Fort Lauderdale, you are undoubtedly aware that you face, in some cases, severe criminal consequences. But you may not be thinking about how an arrest or criminal conviction is going to affect you when you apply for a job. A conviction, and sometimes even an arrest, can affect whether you’re able to find employment in Fort Lauderdale.
Many employers across the state conduct criminal background checks before they hire new employees and these checks influence their hiring decisions. It’s a matter of civil liability and may help protect an employer from negligent hiring suits. Negligent hiring suits occur when an employer hires someone who isn’t right for a particular job or poses a danger to other employees. Say, for instance, an employer hires someone with an assault charge on their record and that new hire ends up hurting a coworker. The employer may arguably be liable because they should have known the offending employee was potentially dangerous, according to workplacefairness.org.
Mistakes happen, and Americans like to give people second chances. This is true of employers in Florida and nationwide, many of who are willing to hire people regardless of their arrest or criminal records. But in occupations, that would require employees work with children, the elderly or other vulnerable individuals, a criminal conviction is unacceptable and can bar a person from those occupations as long as the conviction remains on their record. Many companies have corporate policies of not hiring people with records or arrests within a certain period of time.
If you live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and are looking at a criminal conviction contact the law offices of Leader & Leader, P.A. and set up a time to talk about your case. One of their experienced defense attorneys will examine the details of your case and advise you on the steps you need to take next. With an aggressive defense strategy, you might be able to avoid conviction and won’t need to worry about a prospective employer conducting a criminal background check.
According to workplacefairness.org, some states allow employers to look at arrests when making hiring decisions. You especially need to be on the offensive if you have been wrongfully arrested and charged with a crime. Employment is not the only one area of your life that an arrest or criminal charge will negatively impact, so you need to fight your charges by enlisting an assertive and dedicated defense attorney.
Make sure you keep your criminal record clean by hiring criminal defense attorney Michael D. Leader to provide you with an effective defense strategy. As soon after your arrest as you can, you are urged to contact the law firm of Leader & Leader at 954-523-2020 to arrange a consultation. Enlisting an attorney early on will ensure your rights are respected, and you have a better chance of stopping a conviction. We can help with the underlying charges and defending your case as well as with sealing/expunging and/or internet removal techniques.