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Finding a job following a felony drug charge

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

A felony drug charge on your record in Texas could completely disqualify you from a job. Federal laws require you to disclose any convictions to any employer who inquires about them, so how do you get employed with a felony drug charge?

Why is it hard to get a job with a felony drug charge?

People who have felony drug charges on their record are often frustrated that employers won’t hire them. Their previous convictions worry employers for one main reason: Even though the job seeker is likely rehabilitated, employers fear that they may relapse.

Additionally, since the employer doesn’t know the job seeker personally, they don’t know what the employee would do if they relapse. Although the felony drug charge doesn’t affect your demeanor or job skills, it can be enough to make an employer turn down your application.

Where can a person with a felony drug charge find work?

You can still find work with this charge on your record. Although you might not be able to find an office job, some occupations require specific skills that you might have. Entrepreneurial friends are some of the best employers if you have a felony drug charge. Talking to them could link you up with a job.

Additionally, immediate and extended family members likely have links and contacts. The people who know you best can offer recommendations. Even though you might not be the most skilled person, getting the backing of someone you trust could help a lot in getting you a job.

If you are worried about a felony drug conviction on your record, an attorney might be able to help you get your record expunged. You may want to consult with a legal professional about your options.