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Can a past conviction hold you back from employment and can you get your conviction expunged?

by | Apr 27, 2020

Can a past conviction hold you back from employment and can you get your conviction expunged?

Do you want to be competitive in today’s job market? It can be hard enough to stand out in the workforce today, but the conviction of a crime can further hinder your ability to get a professional license, a new job, or a promotion.

So what can you do? Well, first of all, don’t worry. There are steps you can take and people like us to help if you find yourself in this situation.

If you have a past conviction, you should find out whether it can be expunged it from your record so you can move forward in your quest for a professional license (such as applying for a California nursing license for with the BRN), that new job, or that promotion. 

Once your conviction is expunged, with limited exceptions, you can legally answer “no” on an employment application to a question asking whether you have been convicted of a crime, or when asked by an employer. 

Conviction of a crime can also affect your ability to be accepted into a school in the medical field. In fact, many applicants are being waitlisted for nursing programs in California specifically for that reason. So before you apply for these programs, make sure that you have done your part and worked to expunge any convictions.

If you are in enrolled in school and are seeking a professional license (i.e. nurse, attorney, paramedic, doctor, chiropractor), expungement can help ensure that the Board you apply to will grant your license.  If you are a licensed professional, and you are applying for and advanced license (i.e. LVN to RN, RN to NP), you should make sure all convictions are expunged.

Don’t let your conviction hold you back. You deserve to be treated fairly. If you are interested, our licensing attorneys at Goyette and Associates are here to help you expunge your conviction.

Call us for a free consultation. We proudly serve clients across the state of California, and have locations in Gold River/Sacramento Area, Redding, Yreka, Redwood City, Fresno and Modesto.

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