Does a Felony Show up on a Background Check?

Yes. Felony arrests show up on a background check. These are usually the charges the agency is looking for when they perform the check as they are considered to be very serious. Felony charges can affect an employer’s insurance or bond rates. This means if you have a felony, the employer may not hire you. If you are applying for housing the association may disqualify you for a felony conviction. If you are applying for a professional license, the felony may disqualify you from obtaining the license.

Most applications for jobs, housing or licenses ask the question “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” If you say yes, they ask what year. This means even if the background check they perform does not go back as far as your arrest, they may still find out about your charge.

If you have been arrested for a felony, hire a lawyer immediately! Protect your rights. If you have a felony on your record, contact an attorney to see if you qualify for expungement. In either case, speak to an attorney to see what you can do to protect your good name in the event you must get a background check.

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