Felony convictions have a large impact on your life. There are several civil rights that you lose, and in some cases you are forced to register with the local sheriff’s office for the rest of your life. But the worst impact is on your ability to keep a job.
Many companies will conduct a background check prior to hiring an individual for a position. Most companies will not hire someone with a felony conviction. Also, a felony conviction can result in a suspension of some professional licenses making it illegal for an employer to hire you.
However, there are companies that receive tax breaks for hiring individuals who have been convicted of a felony. There are also bonding policies (sort of like insurance policies) that are available for people who have been convicted. These policies assure an employer that if you do something wrong, the company will be covered. Smaller companies are more likely to hire you than a larger chain. You can also work for yourself.
To find a list of employers who are willing to hire felons or to obtain a bonding policy, contact your local workforce development office. They can assist you with job placement.