Can I work in criminal justice with a felony record?
I received a felony record for using a fake Id in 1995. That was a lesson for me, I have not gotten in trouble since then. I would like to go back to school for criminal justice degree, but I was wondering if with my record I would be able to find employment.
Best Answer :
fake id that turned into a felony huh? sounds fishy. but if thats what you did, i know there's ways you can get things brought down to a misdemeanor on your record. as old as it is I dont know how you'd handle that. if you were a minor, you can possibly have the record sealed.
but if u have a felony, it excludes you from most, if not all, government jobs. there's still plenty of career options you can take on with plenty of education and keeping your credit and name clean. if it was some fake id you used to get liquor under age or something, a lot of employers won't even care about that. many forms of healthcare and web technology would be good routes to go.
Other Answer(2) :
I guess you will get employment if you know how to highlight the fact that you have a somewhat interesting life experience in criminal justice (having received a felony record), that has given you more integrity and determination to fight crimes…?
If you get the degree, I don't think it is going to be a disadvantage- it would rather be of benefit if you know how to capitalize it. In your case, honesty is of great weight to get that job you want. You'll have to work harder first to gain trust from your company, but later on when they see your hard work, they will treat your record as a company asset.
On a sidenote, you'll need strong referees at the end of your studies when applying since your crime was for using a fake ID. So, who knows you're someone else and only faking (working for competitors or some psycho) ??
Good luck to you!
There are thousand and thousands of talented, experience people on the street due to the economyâ€¦the competition for any job is extreme. â€¦people will do anything for much less just to feed their kidsâ€¦â€¦..I donâ€™t expect it to get any better before 2012â€¦â€¦these people are all clean…….