I have previouslu blogged about the possible effects of a criminal conviction on one's ability to gain employment in Washington State. Thus, I wanted to post an article from the New York Times written this past week. While the article is well-written and makes some good points, I believe (atleast to some extent), that it improperly infers that a criminal conviction will most likely affect a person's chances of landing a job.
While just about every job application a person fills out will inquire about criminal history, I believe the type of conviction, time elapsed since conviction, type of position being applied for, hiring company, etc… are paramount. While I believe any potential employer is going to be reluctant to hire someone with a felony conviction or a “crime of dishonesty” (i.e. Theft, Forgery, Identity Fraud, etc…), criminal records that include findings of guilt for offenses such as Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, Disorderly Conduct, Driving While License Suspended in the 3rd Degree, etc… most likely will not have an effect on one's employability. Obviously, if an applicant is seeking a position as a Commercial Driver for a large transportation company, a Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving conviction may be viewed unfavorably. However, such convictions are extremely unlikely to cause any problems for someone attempting to gain employment as a Lab Technician. Thus, while the linked article (above) provides some interesting data and certainly shows the importance of hiring an excellent Seattle DUI lawyer to handle one's case, keep in mind that a criminal charge/conviction does NOT necessarily mean that doors of employment will be closed in the future.
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