Can the police inform your employer about your past criminal record?

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Can the police inform your employer about your past criminal record?

I’ve lived with 2 felony convictions from 6 years ago now with no trouble. I’ve never had to report myself as a felony at any job I’ve had. I’ve lead a good life despite my record and I am determined to keep it that way. Recently however the place where I am employed was robbed. I don’t believe myself to be a suspect, though I think we will all be questioned. I am worried about losing my job if the police tell my employer I have prior B&E charges. I am afraid of losing my job and my friends (who mostly do not know). My rights in this situation are unclear to me.

Asked on November 5, 2010 under Criminal Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am unclear about what rights you are referring to.  Of course you have rights.  But the information about your felonies is public record.  You are the one that is hiding the information and I can understand that you are probably not the person you were 6 years ago and that you do not want people to judge you in that way.  But living in fear like this must be very difficult.  Unless you are a suspect in the theft the police would probably not even know to mention it.  But if you are asked during questioning about prior convictions you have to answer truthfully. What happens after that no one can predict. Good luck. 


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