Don't Let Your Past Limit Your Future

Security Guard

Can You Become a Security Guard with a Criminal Record?

October 9, 2017

We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, whether it be copying your friend’s homework, or taking an extra handful of candy on Halloween. But what happens when one or a few mistakes have the power to influence our futures? The negative consequences of a criminal record can be many. If one of these mistakes is preventing you from pursuing a career as a security guard, you do have options! Although it may be difficult to become a security guard with a criminal record, it’s certainly not impossible.

Security Guard Background Check

When applying for a security guard position, you should expect a background check at some point. Depending on the career path you would like to take as a security guard, the qualifications may vary. Companies are liable for whomever they decide to hire. The more responsibility involved with the job, the more verification and background checks will be in place. If you want to take a gamble and apply for a security job with a criminal record, find a job that’s most likely to consider you regardless of your record. For example, if you have a grand theft auto charge and you’re applying for a job as an armored vehicle driver, most likely you will not get the job. Let’s say you have a drug charge and apply for that same job. You likely have a better chance to be considered than the first applicant.

If you have a criminal record, and you’re worried about a background check, you may benefit from a record clearing service. Whether it be an expungement or record seal, there are several ways to overcome a criminal record. These laws always vary by state, but in most cases, will remove your record from the public eye. However, if you’re concerned about landing a job – as a security guard or otherwise – you may want to consider further options.

Certificate of Rehabilitation

For example, a certificate of rehabilitation can be extremely valuable, depending on the state. Certificates are offered by several states, and each pose a different purpose. Generally, a certificate of rehabilitation is a court ordered document that restores a person’s civil rights. It also certifies the recipient as being rehabilitated and no longer a threat to society. Essentially, this document states that although you’ve committed a crime, you’ve turned your life around for the better.

Receiving this certificate can also improve employment opportunities by prohibiting discrimination based upon your conviction. Again, every state has its own set of laws and different options. Along with California, there are several other states that offer a similar certificate: Arizona, Illinois, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Typically, the application process consists of obtaining your criminal record, completing the required forms, and filing the documents. Once submitted, there may also be a hearing on the matter.*

For more information on a California Certificate of Rehabilitation, or similar services, visit our website. Feel free to take our new eligibility test, now with an added e-commerce feature available to customers. Although these processes can be tricky, receiving this document could greatly improve your life. It’s always best to consult an attorney experienced in such matters for assistance.

[*] Each state’s laws differ, so be sure to consult an attorney for more information.

Comments ( 2 )

  1. John Doe says:

    Can you be a security guard if you were charged with a sex crime?

Leave a Comment

 

Recent Posts

California
Is California's Ban the Box Law a Good Solution?
November 18, 2019

California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1008 now makes it an unlawful practice for an employer to ask about an applicant’s criminal history before a conditional offer has been made. Similar s have been labeled throughout the country as "ban-the-box" laws. In other words, applicants no longer have to face that small check box which many worry about.Effects of the BillThis … Read More>

Housing for Felons in Utah
September 25, 2019

Serving out one’s term of conviction does not mean that one will be embraced with open arms by society. In fact, the completion of a sentence, while closing one door, opens another, behind which lies an entirely new set of challenges. Among a host of problems incurred by any civilian,the acquisition and maintenance of housing is by far one of … Read More>

Disclaimer: The material on this blog has been prepared and is copyrighted by WipeRecord, a division of Eastman, Libersat & Meyler, PC ("WipeRecord"). The material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Information provided by or cited to third parties does not necessarily reflect the opinions of WipeRecord or any of its attorneys or clients. Results of any expungement or restoration of civil and/or firearm rights may vary from case to case. We obtained your email address when you took the eligibility test on our website. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement. Please refer to our website for prices. This is a legal advertisement. If you have already hired or retained a lawyer in connection with your gun rights restoration, please disregard this letter. Our lawyers do not have professional liability insurance.