Unfortunately for you, Florida is at will state. This means that most private businesses can refuse to hire you based upon your criminal record even if you do not have a conviction. If you had these charges dropped you can try to expunge them.
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Yes, that can be a reason you are denied employment in Florida.
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A company in Florida can use that as a basis not to hire you.
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I agree with my other colleagues, a company can use this as a basis not to hire you. However, what I often explain to my clients is to take a proactive approach and explain the situation to your potential employers. There is a general stigma attached to any criminal charges but when domestic is involved most people, including employers, jump to the conclusion that you may be spousal abuser, or have anger management problems. If the incident was blown out of proportion, involved a bad divorce, child custody battle or had other mitigating factors your potential employer may be more understanding if this was an isolated incident.
Additionally, you can try and have the charge sealed depending on how your attorney handled the matter. It's worth the money to have someone look into the matter and attempt to have your case sealed if you are eligible, this matter will remain on your record for the rest of your life and potentially show up with every background check and job search. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
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