What to do if I’ve been denied work for a few years because of my background check?

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What to do if I’ve been denied work for a few years because of my background check?

One employer was nice enough to tell me that my felony conviction came up without the conviction date. How do I go about having the conviction date put on my background check when my charge happens to be over 10 years ago?

Asked on August 1, 2013 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Depending on what you were convicted of you may be able to have the felony conviction expunged from your record.  That is even better than have the date of the conviction added on to your background check, don't you think?  If it is one of the offenses that allows it, then in most cases a person who has been convicted on a felony in New Jersey can get an expungement for that conviction as long as they have not been convicted of a prior or subsequent felony or convicted of three disorderly persons. According to 2C:52-2 you must wait 10 years from the date of your conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration, whichever is later, to file a petition seeking expungement. Seek legal help.  Good luck.


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