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Showing posts with label withheld adjudication. Show all posts
Showing posts with label withheld adjudication. Show all posts

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Will a withheld adjudication keep me from jobs?

Will a withheld adjudication keep me from jobs?


Will a withheld adjudication keep me from jobs?
Hello,

I was convicted of a criminal offense here in Florida for theft back in 2010. I am currently attending school and in my senior year at Saint Leo University and am majoring in criminal justice with a minor in homeland security.

Adjudication was withheld from the case, but I'm scared that when I graduate, and get off probation I won't be able to find a job in my degree field. Do you have any recommendations on what to do. I am also currently unemployed and finding a problem find a job as well.

Thanks,

Wayne


Will a withheld adjudication keep me from jobs?



Hello Wayne,

Will a withheld adjudication keep me from jobs?I get a lot of questions about withheld adjudication / deferred judgement. Lets understand what it means to ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs. Withheld adjudication generally refers to a decision by a judge to put a person on probation without an adjudication of guilt. There will be terms set by the court usually a fine and a period of probation. Once the terms are met, the charges are typically dropped. There will be no conviction associated with that offense. If the person does not complete the terms of probation, a finding of guilty may be entered and the person may be sentenced according to the punishments defined for the offense.

So when completing an application that asks if you "Have you ever been convicted of a crime, you can answer "no" and rightly so because you haven't. Bear in mind that the charge will appear on a background check as a charge and not a conviction. You should have no problem with this. To absolutely certain of the status, you should check with the prosecutor or your probation officer associated with your case.

Will a withheld adjudication keep me from jobs?
As for finding a job in Florida, I suggest you contract your nearest One-stop Career Center. There you will find a variety of services that can help you find your next job. You probably can find counselors who will work with you one-on-one to help you. You can find your nearest One-stop Career Center here:
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I hope this helps.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Withheld Adjudication Keeping Ex-offender from Getting Jobs

Withheld Adjudication Keeping Ex-offender from Getting Jobs



Withheld Adjudication Keeping Ex-offender from Getting JobsHello Eric,

I have an adjudication withheld/felony/battery from over ten years ago. I was never convicted and released from probation two years early for good behavior. I have payed my dues; court fees,anger management,community service and probation. Regardless if I admit to my background or not , I still can not find work, I have been turned down by big corporations like Walmart, and pending on my background from Home Depot. I can not work with children or elderly and had to drop out of nursing school. Now wanting to be a Vet Assistant because I love animals and a state license is not required; hoping this dream career is not crushed as well. Please help me get through this nightmare. It is my past not my present nor my future. I only defended my life, and could not afford a real attorney. Faced five years in prison if I was found guilty at my trial so I took a plea in my best interest not having a trial but now realizing it was in my worst interest. No matter how many years go by.

GT



Withheld Adjudication Keeping Ex-offender from Getting Jobs



Hello GT,

I believe you took the correct path with Withheld Adjudication.  There is absolutely no need for an expensive trial which you may have lost and got an awful conviction on your record and also be out of a lot of money.  This way you have no conviction on your record.
 Withheld Adjudication Keeping Ex-offender from Getting Jobs
It seems that you are getting in your own way a bit.  Let's start with applications. Employers are rarely interested in charges, just convictions.  Typically, applications ask "Have you ever been convicted of a crime...."  Since you have not been convicted, you should NEVER list it on an application if the application asks for convictions.  The answer is "NO."

Let's get clear about Withheld Adjudication.  Withheld adjudication / deferred judgement/deferred adjudication generally relates to a determination by a judge to place a person on probation without a judgement of guilt. There will be terms set by the court, usually a fine and a period of probation. Once the conditions are fulfilled, the charges are normally dismissed.  Since your charges were dismissed you should NEVER list it.  Now, if an application asks for charges, you can list it and note that the charge has been dismissed.  Please, please. please don't take my word for this.  This is simply general information.  You should get clarification from the prosecutor associated with this case to be absolutely sure. As I tell every ex-offender and felon I work with, never offer information that is not asked for and it will make your job search a lot easier

I hope this helps you feel more confident when applying for jobs


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Can I get Job with an Adjudication Withheld Sex Offense?

Can I get  Job with an Adjudication Withheld  Sex Offense?

Can I get  Job with an Adjudication Withheld  Sex Offense?Hi,  I seem to be having issues getting a job. I’m a registered sex offender in Florida. I have Adjudication withheld innocent. Never on probation and no restrictions. I only have to register twice a year. I’m a one of a kind since most offenders had probation etc. I can vote and carry a gun.
 I had sex with my wife when she was two months shy of 18. State attorney charged me with statutory rape. We are still married and have a 5 year old daughter. This is affecting my life. I have an MBA and masters in criminology.  I was forced to quit my job as a police officer of 15 years because of the charges.
Every time I apply for a job I get turned down. I guess I could move to any of the 36 other states that don’t consider my crime as a problem since most states is 16. Also adjudication in say Georgia is not a problem since they consider it as innocent.  I want to stay in Florida what do you suggest short of writing the Governor for a pardon.

- WG


Can I get  Job with an Adjudication Withheld  Sex Offense?



Hello WG,

Since very few pardons are granted, that may not be a viable option.  The good news is that Withheld Adjudication has a positive outlook.   Typically, there are terms associated with the this process, usually a fine and probation.  Once the terms are met, the original charges are dropped leaving only an arrest record.  When background checks are done, only the charge is seen.  You can find out from the prosecutor associated with the case to find out if the terms were met and the charges were indeed dropped.

If indeed the charges were dropped, expungement may be an option.  Expungement essentially is a process that will hide the charges from public view.  If an expungement is granted, the charge will not show up on a background check, making getting a job a lot easier.  Because this a legal process, I would would seek assistance from a qualified legal professional that understands the process in your state.  You should contact the legal aid office in your community where you could possibly get free legal assistance in this matter.




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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Felon with Withheld Adjudication seeks Trucking Jobs

Felon with Withheld Adjudication seeks Trucking Jobs



Felon with Withheld Adjudication seeks Trucking JobsHello, I was reading your site and have a question. I have a felony that was withheld adjudication on a constructive possession (a passenger in my car had drugs) a little over 4 yrs ago and that's it. But I can't get a job anywhere I've looked. I also don't have a CDL but can get one either through job training or school. I know about Carolina Cargo but that's it. Do you have any info on any other companies out there who will take a non experienced driver or newly trained driver with a background showing I plead guilty  but was with held? I was unaware at the time that this was pretty much no different than pleading guilty and being adjudicated with a sentence.


 Thanks.

 BCM
 

Felon with Withheld Adjudication seeks Trucking Jobs


Hello,

Withheld Adjudication is not necessarily a terrible thing.  I get a number of inquiries regarding withheld adjudication / deferred judgement /deferred adjudication. Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs should understand what it means because it could affect their ability to be hired for some jobs. Withheld adjudication / deferred judgement/deferred adjudication generally relates to a determination by a judge to place a person on probation without a judgement of guilt. There will be terms set by the court, usually a fine and a period of probation. Once the conditions are fulfilled, the charges are normally dismissed. There will be no conviction related with that offense. If conditions are not met, a finding of guilty may be entered and the person may be sentenced according to the penalties specified for the offense.

So when completing an application that asks if you "Have you ever been convicted of a crime, you can answer "no" and rightly so because you haven't. The original charge will appear on a background check simply as a charge and not a conviction.  To absolutely certain of the status, you should check with the prosecutor or your probation officer associated with your case.  This is not intended as legal advice, simply general information. If you really concerned about the charge itself (employers are rarely concerned with charges.  They care more about convictions) you may look into having your charges sealed by the court.  Sealing is a legal process that conceals the charges from public view.  The charge will only be visible to the court system, law enforcement and government agencies.

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As for trucking jobs for felons, the site below has a good list of trucking companies. A large number of them have hired ex-offenders and felons. Some have their hiring policies as they relate to ex-offenders and felons included.


 Each of the companies listed makes its own rules regarding felony convictions and the hiring of felons. Some will employ a driver after 5 years or longer since the conviction. Other companies won't hire felons, regardless. You must contact each carrier to find out exactly what their policy is concerning the hiring of felons.
 
I hope this helps.





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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Can Withheld Adjudication hurt my chances to get jobs?

Can Withheld Adjudication hurt my chances to get jobs?

 

Can Withheld Adjudication hurt my chances to get jobs?Hello,I am a mechanical engineer and I have not worked in over 5 years. I apply for up to 66 job postings a day and I rarely get a call back. I have a felony but it is "adjudicated withheld" which means I really do not have a felony. However, I discovered how easy it is to view my record online recently and I feel I am having trouble getting a call back because of it. In light of this, would it be advisable to include something on my resume or cover letter so I can at least survive the first round cut and get a return call?

I am too late in my career to throw it away and the idea of working for UPS or at a warehouse is not appealing.

Please tell me what I should do.

Thank you,



 Can Withheld Adjudication hurt my chances to get jobs?


David,


Frequently I get questions regarding Withheld Adjudication.  In Withheld Adjudication, there is an initial plea of guilty. The prosecuting attorney will offer a deal where certain conditions will placed on this plea. It is my understanding, once the conditions of the deferment are met (commonly a fine and probation,) the charges are officially dismissed. Because there is no conviction, you can legally answer “no” when the question is asked “Have you been convicted….” This will still stay as a charge and will appear on background checks as a charge and not a conviction. To absolutely certain of the status, you should check with the prosecutor or the probation officer associated with your case.

Regarding making reference to your charge on your resume or letters, I would suggest that you do not. Only talk about your charge if you are asked directly. If you are, you answer that the charges were dropped.

As I encourage all ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs, pay careful attention to the wording of the application. If it asks for convictions, you only have to list convictions. If it asks for arrests, you must list all arrests. If the charge is still a concern to you, you may qualify for expungement in your state.


I strongly suggest that you seek legal advice concerning this as I can only offer general information. You can contact your local legal aid office. You may be able to get low-cost or even free advice about deferment as it relates to your state.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Despite Withheld Adjudication offender can't find job

Despite Withheld Adjudication offender can't find job


Hello,

My name is Joy and I have been reading your blogs and need some advice. I have a felony charge from 2012 that my adjudication was withheld. Although I am not supposed to be a convicted felon this charge is still showing on my record. I am a college student and am interested in entering the medical field as an administrator. I have been denied by the Florida nursing board to become a nurse. I do not understand to my knowledge if adjudication was withheld I am not a convicted felon please give me advise and lead me in some direction.

Thanks



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Hello Joy,

Some ex-offenders and felons are unsure how deferred adjudication affects their opportunities for jobs.

I get numerous questions about withheld adjudication / deferred judgement /deferred adjudication. Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs should know what it means because it could have a major impact on their ability to be hired for some jobs.

Withheld adjudication / deferred judgement/deferred adjudication generally refers to a decision by a judge to place a person on probation without an adjudication or judgement of guilt. There will be terms set by the court, usually a fine and a period of probation. Once the terms are met, the charges are usually dismissed. There will be no conviction associated with that offense. If the person does not complete the terms of probation and or the fine is not paid, a finding of guilty may be entered and the person may be sentenced according to the penalties specified for the offense.

So when completing an application that asks if you "Have you ever been convicted of a crime, you can answer "no" and rightly so because you haven't. Bear in mind that the charge will appear on a background check as a charge and not a conviction. You should have no problem with this. To absolutely certain of the status, you should check with the prosecutor or your probation officer associated with your case. The exception to this is, what I believe happened to you. Even though the charges may have been formally dismissed, they will always be visible to law enforcement agencies, the court system and government agencies. The medical board is a government agency therefore will have access to the charges. I don't know what your charges were but it may be possible that the medical board took them into account.

Even if chose to have the charges sealed (hidden from public view,) once again, they will always be visible to law enforcement agencies, the court system and government agencies. This is general information and not intended as legal advice. Many ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs need legal advice. For a definitive answer you should contact your local legal aid office. There you may be able to get low-cost or even no-cost assistance with any options available.

I hope this helps you understand a little better.


 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Man with dropped charges wants to have record expunged in Florida

Man with dropped charges wants to have record expunged in Florida


Man with dropped charges wants to have record expunged in FloridaI live in Florida. In 2004 I was charged with a felony which resulted in a withhold of adjudication. I believe this case was sealed? In 2009 I was charged with another felony but this charge was dropped and shows as a Nolle Pross. Is there any way to have this second case removed from my record?


Thank you for your advice,

Brian



 Man with dropped charges wants to have record expunged in Florida


Hello Brian,

Man with dropped charges wants to have record expunged in Florida
The only way to find out if the charge was sealed is to get a copy of your criminal history. You may want to get that anyway to be totally certain of your legal status when applying for jobs.  Bear in mind that even if your charge is expunged or sealed, it will always be visible to the court system, law enforcement and government entities.

You can apply for sealing or expungement in Florida under certain conditions. You can get more information here:

http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/content/getdoc/c83dd888-ef7a-448e-9a96-ba69fc4181f7/Seal-and-Expunge-Home.aspx

This site offers instruction about how to get this done, but I wouldn't try a legal process like expungement like this by myself. Often ex-offender and felon job searches require a little legal assistance.  Attorneys may get upset at what I'm about to tell you because they make a lot of money doing the very same thing you may be able to do for little or no money.  My suggestion is to contact your local legal aid office for assistance.    They have attorneys that may assist you at little or no cost. They may also be able to get a copy of your criminal record.  Check your local telephone directory or the Florida Bar association to find out how to find the legal aid office in your area.

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