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Bill Greenblatt, CEO of Sterling InfoSystems— a company that conducts several million background checks on job applicants a year, told Money Magazine that people with a criminal record should consult an attorney to see if they are eligible for expungement.

“[T]he percentage of people with some kind of criminal record has been rising steadily for years now,” says CEO Bill Greenblatt. “Currently, about 10% of all applicants we screen have been convicted of something.”

That’s partly because of the relatively recent nationwide crackdown on driving under the influence. “It isn’t necessarily that more people are doing it,” says Greenblatt. “But more people are getting caught.”

The article also had advice for those who have a record but cannot get it expunged.  If you are getting discriminated against because of your criminal record, make sure the discrimination does not violate state or federal law.

“The EEOC’s position is that, if you’re going to refuse to hire someone because of his or her criminal record, you must have a legitimate business reason for it. There has to be a connection between the offense and the job,” explains David Gevertz, head of the employment practice at law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Atlanta. State laws in this area require the same thing.

And if you do get an interview, Greenblatt says: “be completely upfront about what happened, and bring it up before the interviewer does,” Greenblatt advises. “The last thing you want is to appear to be hiding anything.”

Written by Mathew Higbee, Esq

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  1. john abate says:

    Arizona is there a state law for sealing criminal conviction

    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      No, you cannot seal a conviction in Arizona. You can have the conviction removed from the record by having it set-aside. Here is the law for having a conviction set-aside: Arizona Revised Statute 13-907

      • Marion Burr says:

        I got in trouble, and got an attorney, everything is done except for one thing, which never got talked about before, the attorney is charging me a fee to expunge conviction for three thousand dollars, is she allowed to do that to me?

      • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

        Attorneys are allowed to charge as much as they want as long as the price is “reasonable.” The next question would be was there a price specified in the contract with the attorney or was expungement supposed to be included in the price you paid for representation at trial?

  2. james garner says:

    Hello my name is james garner and i am needing help with getting my record expunged i was wondering if you could help me with this matter? If you need to contact me.

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