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Possible professional repercussions to a criminal conviction

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Having a Tennessee criminal conviction on your record can be a nightmare. There is a stigma tied to it, so it’s no surprise that there are many consequences you could face. The following are some of the professional repercussions that might affect you.

Being denied a professional license

If you have a criminal conviction on your record, you might be denied certain professional licenses or the one you currently hold could be revoked. Depending on your profession, this could spell disaster for your career. For example, if you’re a truck driver and have a conviction for driving under the influence, your commercial driver’s license might be revoked, which would prevent you from working.

Other types of professional licenses can be compromised as well with a criminal record.

Being barred from certain professions

Some criminal convictions can result in being barred from certain professions. Violent crimes can prevent you from working in law enforcement while convictions for sex offenses can affect your ability to perform any kind of work involving children.

While not a violent crime, any type of fraud conviction can get you barred from holding any type of job involving finances. This could range from a banking position to being a cashier at a grocery store.

Trouble applying for jobs

Many employers require prospective employees to undergo background checks. Such screening involves uncovering criminal records. Not every employer will refuse to consider you for a job just because of a criminal conviction, but it doesn’t help. However, employers are not permitted by law to discriminate against an applicant because they have a criminal record.

You know that employers raise an eyebrow at criminal convictions. However, you should be honest and never hide your history unless your record was expunged.

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