Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How to Improve Your Employment Opportunities If You Have a Criminal Record in Florida

St. Petersburg Criminal Attorney and Former State Prosecutor Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm discusses How to Improve Your Employment Opportunities if you have a Criminal Record.

Given our current economic situation, and the looming possibility of a double-dip recession, it is already difficult to find employment.  While a job hunt can take a long time for those with a clean record, a recently published study in the Journal of Labor Economics’ July edition stated that job hunters with a criminal record can expect a search that lasts twice as long.  To add insult to injury, those with a criminal record can also expect to earn 20 to 30 percent less than those with a clean record.

Why This Matters To You:

In a tight job market, employers are already taking every opportunity to find only the best candidates.  Given the large pool of applicants for every job, employers often throw out candidates that may have any type of criminal record, no matter how minor.  This is doubly damaging as the same study shows that recidivism increases for those who remain unemployed.

The Morris Law Firm understands your struggle, and can work with you to have your criminal record Sealed and/or Expunged which can improve your ability to pass a background check during the job application process.  Further, if you successfully Seal or Expunge your Florida criminal record, you gain the legal right to deny or fail to acknowledge anything to do with the arrest and the legal proceedings from the case itself which is extremely important during the job application process.  As well, the Morris Law Firm can direct you to local job placement programs that help reduce the amount of time spent searching for suitable employment.

What To Do Next:

Contact the Morris Law Firm to start the process of clearing your criminal record.  The Morris Law Firm has experience in Sealing or Expunging your criminal records so they will not appear on criminal background checks.
  • No office visit required.
  • Flat fee for Sealing or Expunging your criminal record.
  • Simple Process: Take the fingerprint card we send you and get fingerprinted at any local police station and; have two (2) documents we send you notarized.  Send the fingerprint card and the two documents back to us and the Morris Law Firm will take care of the rest.
  • Sealing or expunging your criminal record is a low cost investment in your future, and may improve your employment opportunities.

If you have a criminal record in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Pinellas County, or Tampa, Hillsborough County, or Bradenton, Manatee County, or Sarasota, Florida contact a St. Petersburg Sealing and Expunging Attorney.  Call the Morris Law Firm at 727-388-4736 to discuss your case directly with an attorney.