What repercussions could I face if I falsify a job application?

Asked 10 months ago - Lawrenceburg, IN

This is completely hypothetical. I have not actually done this. But, I am wondering what kind of trouble I could get into if I falsify a job application?
More to the point, if, when I get to the "have you ever been convicted of a felony" question, I answer NO, even though I do have two felony convictions on my record, what could happen if the potential employer finds out that I do, even though I said I don't?
That is the only question on a job application that I might possibly want to answer dishonestly.
Is there any criminal charges that could be filed against me for doing that?
Again, I have not done this, nor do I really want to. I just want to know what the law says about it.

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  1. James Robert Emerson

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    Answered . I agree. At the very least you won't have a job. Good luck.

    JR Emerson is licensed to practice law in Indiana and practices throughout central Indiana. Mr. Emerson's... more
  2. Christine C McCall

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    Answered . The penalty is termination for dishonesty and potentially bad references and no eligibility for unemployment benefits. And a bad rep that may get some circulation locally if your field is small.

    If the application was under penalty of perjury for any reason, the penalty can get very steep -- felony criminal prosecution. The stakes can also go way way up if it is government employment, quasi-government employment, or government contractor employment. Avoid any deceptions with all of those.

    No legal advice here. READ THIS BEFORE you contact me! My responses to questions on Avvo are never intended... more
  3. Christopher Daniel Leroi

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    Answered . Definitely getting fired when they find out. You always need to be truthful in your employment applications.

    The information provided in this answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not considered to... more
  4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

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    Answered . No ethical attorney would further or facilitate any contemplated future crime as it is expressly forbidden by the law. Criminal charges are possible for certain material misrepresentations is some instances.

    DISCLAIMER The answer given above by the lawyer serves for educational purposes only and provides general... more

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