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The Classification and Repercussions of Felony Charges

Felonies are very serious crimes that oftentimes come with the legal territory of common law in most industrialized nations around the globe. In the United States, a felony is characterized as a crime of "high seriousness" that comes with, by definition, at least one year in prison or death sentence. For crimes deserving less than one year of prison time the ruling is usually misdemeanor rather than felony. It is interesting to note that different states classify and adjudicate felonies and midseasons differently. In fact, this regional distinction regarding felonies even applies to state statute regarding felonies and hiring decisions. 

Felonies Versus Misdemeanors 
Felonies are crimes of "high seriousness" that come with steeper punishments than misdemeanors in the United States. Within the United States felonies are conventionally broken down into violent and nonviolent felonies. ...


Landing a Job with a Criminal History - How to Pass a Criminal Background Check

If you have a misdemeanor or felony on your record, being asked to submit to a background check can be a scary situation. Most background checks are requested by employers who wish to prescreen their employees prior to hiring them. Having a smear on your record doesnít have to make you unemployable. There are several tips you can follow that will help you pass a background check, even without a squeaky clean past. 

Run Your Own
Running a background check on yourself allows you to check your record for accuracy. Also, if youíve ever had a charge dismissed, expunged or reduced, you should make sure your record accurately reflects this change. Your potential employer may not be quick to believe you if you deny a charge that appears ...


Background Checks and Your Rights

Background checks are quite common these days. In fact, they are so common that it can be difficult to do anything substantial in your life to better your situation without encountering them. They have been a staple for employment applications for many years. More recently, they have become staples for both credit and loan applications, as well as lease applications for potential renters. 

While much of these processes are straightforward and legal, there are means of abusing this ability. Some people search background history for their own personal reasons, and this can often be a breach of privacy. You should be well aware of your rights when it comes to background checks, so you do not get taken advantage of or misuse this process yourself. 

While background checks are commonplace with potential new employers and in other ...


A background report is an investigation on a person. It often includes criminal history, financial history, education history, public records, or a combination thereof. By getting a thorough background check, you can get a better picture of a personís past. Itís a very common tool used by employers and individuals to ensure that those are dealing with, or let into your home are trustworthy. 78% of organizations conduct backgroundchecks on all job candidates. A backgroundcheck is a great way to find out whether or not hiring a certain applicant is a good investment for you. For example, you can conduct a check that looks into an applicantís driving record if you want to hire him or her for a position where theyíll be spending a lot of time behind the wheel.

There are various reasons why you might want to order up a background check, whether itís to ensure the safety ...

Here you will find tips and advice on how do do background checks.

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