Was denied a job opportunity over a 13 year old misdemeanor paraphernalia charge and an 11 year old misdemeanor DWAI charge in 2 different states. Both of them I was convicted of seems I'm ineligible for expungement. Paid for these crimes long ago seems quite unfair I should still have to pay for them.
I would believe that this is based upon the individual employer. However, some states have laws regarding using convictions. Florida does not, there are no statutes on this issue.
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Welcome to the "At Will" state of Florida. You can be denied employment in Florida for any reason that is not discriminatory and having a criminal record is not one of those categories. Keep looking someone will give you another chance. Good luck.
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
The simple answer is forever. It is up to any private employer whether to hire an employee and any arrest or conviction can properly be a reason for not hiring an employee regardless of how minor the offense or how long ago. This is different than how long can a conviction be used for example against you in court.
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