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Misdemeanors and job prospects

A misdemeanor conviction can have far-reaching effects on New Jersey residents. People may most feel these effects when they apply for a job. It can sometimes be more difficult to gain employment when people have a misdemeanor on their record and it is important for people to understand how they can overcome this obstacle.

When people first seek employment after being convicted of a misdemeanor, they may want to speak to a probation officer. says that some companies employ people who have misdemeanors on their record, and a probation officer can typically direct people to these companies. When people interview for a job, it is important for them to know how they should talk about a misdemeanor. People should usually try to explain how they have changed since the conviction and what the experience taught them.

Sometimes people may not need to disclose a misdemeanor conviction on a job application. Someone can typically omit a conviction that he or she had expunged. Additionally, people do not always need to report a misdemeanor if at least two years have passed since the conviction.

Some people may worry that their job prospects will always be harmed by a misdemeanor. According to, background checks typically only look at a person's recent history. In some situations, a misdemeanor may not appear if it has been more than seven years since the conviction. Sometimes people can get an offense permanently removed from their criminal record. Expungement usually depends on the kind of misdemeanor, as well as the length of time that has passed since the offense happened.

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