No matter your criminal history, you must be honest and forthcoming with your recruiter. A lie will automatically disqualify you – while a thorough analysis of the crime, when it occurred, and the circumstances surrounding it can be beneficial to your case.
Even if your criminal record is expunged or sealed, it has to be disclosed.
Take some extra steps to strengthen your case for a waiver
If you are concerned about disclosing your criminal history to your recruiter, there are additional steps you can take to strengthen your case.
Maybe you stole as a means to provide for your family. Or perhaps you had a rebellious youth as a result of a challenging home situation.
Take the time to explain, in writing, the circumstances surrounding your crime. You can then show what you have done (or continue to do) to make it right, such as volunteering with a local non-profit focused on at-risk youth.
You can also provide recommendation letters from teachers, community leaders, ministers, and managers at work (if applicable) to demonstrate your high moral character and dedication to your community. Feel free to even ask the judge or prosecutor that charged your case for a letter of recommendation, or in some circumstances, the arresting officer.
If you hire our team at the Frye Law Group, we will take the time to look at all of your options for improving your chances of acceptance and do our best to help you.