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Will a drug conviction stop you from getting a job?

| Jul 1, 2015 | Drug Charges |

People make mistakes at many different points in their life. Some of these mistakes can have long lasting implications.

If you are charged with a drug crime, it is important to realize what a conviction could mean to your future. In some cases, this may make it more difficult to land a job.

In today’s age, more and more companies are conducting background checks before making a hire. This allows them to learn more about an applicant, such as whether or not they have been convicted of a crime.

There is no law stating that a company cannot hire you if you have a drug crime on your record. Even so, some may be scared away from bringing you on board, as they may believe you are still involved in such illegal activity.

The EEOC prohibits employers from implementing policies against hiring drug offenders. If a company is going to refuse to hire a person because of his or her record, they must have a good reason for doing so. They may be able to make a connection between the offense and the job responsibilities.

All in all, a drug conviction will not always stop you from getting a job, but it can definitely make it more difficult. This is why anybody charged with a drug crime should fight to have it dismissed. If nothing else, it would be in their best interest for the conviction to be wiped clean at some point. This will ensure that employers are not in position to make a difficult hiring decision.

Source: Fortune, “After a drug conviction, can you ever get hired?,” accessed June 30, 2015


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