Your criminal history will appear on your background check. This means that if you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, it will show up.
This is especially disconcerting when you’re applying for a job. Even if your charge has been expunged, or you were arrested and not charged, you have a right to be concerned.
Georgia is an “at will” state, which means that a person can be fired (or hired) for no reason. If a potential employer finds something on your background check that is a cause for concern, they are not required to tell you why you didn’t get hired. Maybe it was for something ten years ago that was on your record. If you had realized they would see the conviction, you may have been able to address it and explain before they found it on their own.
Can background checks be wrong?
Yes and no. If a possible employer runs a background check, and claims you have convictions—misdemeanor, felony, or other crime—on your record that you didn’t know you had, it would be worth double-checking.
Perhaps there was a mistake. Maybe you misunderstood the process, and what you thought was off your record is still on there. Regardless, it is worth checking.
If someone runs a background check, and claims that there is a charge on there that you didn’t know about, definitely question it. Contact a criminal defense attorney to get this all sorted out.
Can I run my own background check?
There are ways to run your own background check. One way is to visit your local sheriff’s office. Here is a helpful article by USA Today about free ways to run your own background check.
If you have any questions while running your background check, or you are concerned that it is inaccurate, please contact an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney.
At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, our criminal defense lawyers take special care when defending people in Atlanta, Georgia because we know how even the most minor of misdemeanors can affect your life long term. If you are worried about your employment because of your criminal history, please reach out to our team today.