Although at the time of conviction it may not be your primary concern, the negative consequences of having a criminal history can affect the rest of your life. For example, under North Carolina law, a local board of education is under a legal duty to establish a policy regarding whether to carry out criminal history checks on applicants for employment in public schools. The policy of the Wake County Board of Education is to conduct criminal history checks on all applicants for jobs with direct or indirect access to children.
Since court records are public records in North Carolina, anyone can request to view anyone else’s criminal history background.
Who is likely to be interested in my criminal history?
Generally, individuals and organizations are likely to be interested in your criminal history before investing in you, handing you responsibility, or entering into business dealings with you. Examples of situations where having a criminal history could affect the outcome of an application, for example, include:
Potential employer. Oftentimes, potential employers are interested in your criminal history as a way of evaluating your character. Having a criminal history does not necessarily prevent you from succeeding in a job application, but it can jeopardize your chances.
Auto insurance company. Checking your background is part of an insurance company’s risk assessment. If you have a criminal history, insurance companies may view you as a bigger risk, and this could be reflected in higher premiums.
Mortgage bank. Mortgage providers are likely to view someone with a criminal history as a bigger lending risk, and you could find that banks are reluctant to offer you a mortgage.
Landlord. Some landlords carry out a criminal history background check on potential tenants. If you have a record of violent crime or property crime, it could make it more difficult to rent a home.
If you are facing criminal proceedings, even for a minor misdemeanor, bear in mind the effect a criminal conviction could have on the rest of your life.
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