Criminal History

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Paying the Price

Your criminal history may not have seemed like a big deal in your teens, but now applying for jobs and owning a home is nearly impossible. Each position you have applied for requires a background check, and no one wants to loan money to someone who has been convicted of a crime.

Like damaging your credit report, your criminal history will stay with you for a long time. Even though you may have straightened yourself out, that information will show up on your record for at least seven years. Your decisions as a young adult weren't ideal, but there is still time to start fresh.

Included in Your Criminal History

A background check can include the following items: driving record, social security number, bankruptcy filings, education records, character references, court records, drug test records and more. If any of these areas of information concern you, we recommend being forthcoming with a potential employer. The company would rather hear straight from you what happened as opposed to finding out through a background check.

Only convictions can appear on your public criminal record. If you were involved in a drunken bar fight in which you were hauled off to the local jail but never convicted, your employer will not see this information. With the influx of internet-based background check companies, more and more of this information is becoming available online.

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