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I'm in my mid 20s working on a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering.

I have had a clean record until early this year, where I was charged with 3 misdemeanor crimes (harassment, false imprisonment, and telephone obstruction), which are domestic violence crimes because these were alleged to have occurred in a domestic relations situation. So now I have a domestic violence background. I don't currently have any convictions. My case is set for jury trial, and there is a potential that I would be convicted.

I am considering the worst case scenario, which would be me being convicted for all 3 DV crimes. Would this effectively make me unemployable in the aerospace industry with a DV conviction? What about in mechanical/IT industries? Does anyone know of anyone working in these industries with a domestic violence record? I'm sure there are people with criminal backgrounds working for these companies, but I feel DV is considered more severe and it has a very negative connotation.

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    Felony? Any felony is going to nix some opportunities. DV is probably better than a drug charge or theft but I am only speculating. – paparazzo Apr 21 '17 at 18:22
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    Gov. positions probably not likely which also cuts down on who will pay for aerospace work. You can likely get a commercial job somewhere so long as you adhere to any reform rulings by the court, but it's going to be an upwards climb. – mutt Apr 21 '17 at 18:35
  • All I can say is good luck. It doesn't matter what industry or the details of your alleged crime, employers will notice that big red flag. – user41891 Apr 21 '17 at 18:38
  • Paparazzi: No, 3 misdemeanors. I was thinking DV would be worse than drug/theft crimes. – anonymousposter Apr 21 '17 at 18:53
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    Usually, it's just felonies that block you. See a lawyer to get those expunged though, and eliminate the problem entirely. – Richard Says Reinstate Monica Apr 21 '17 at 19:17
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Would being convicted of domestic violence crimes make you unemployable in specific industries?

According to this web page, https://www.criminalwatchdog.com/faq/do-misdemeanors-show-on-background-checks, misdemeanors stay on your criminal record for life and they can show up when employers run background checks, depending on how thorough the background check is. The web page has additional information you might want to read.

The definition of domestic violence, according to http://ncadv.org/learn-more/what-is-domestic-violence, is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

In general an employer would avoid hiring someone who has been convicted of domestic violence crimes. There are strong links between domestic violence and workplace violence, and so an employer would assume a lot of risk and potential liability hiring someone who has been convinced of domestic violence crimes. For more information: -http://www.workplacesrespond.org/learn/the-facts/the-facts-on-the-workplace-and-domestic-violence http://www.workplacesrespond.org/learn/the-facts/what-is-workplace-violence

Imagine if something happens at work and the victim discovers that the company knowingly put them at risk by hiring someone who had already been convicted of the same crime. This would likely qualify as corporate negligence.

The industries you specifically listed are all high profile, meaning that workplace violence related problems could potentially have a much bigger impact on the image or reputation of the business. These industries are more lucrative, so the amount of money involved in a lawsuit could be much higher. These are professional industries where there is greater importance placed on interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others. Finally, these are industries where you might end up working with information that is considered sensitive, confidential, proprietary, or even classified, which means that background checks are going to be much more thorough.

To give you an idea of the sensitivity, I work in a similar industry and failed a background check because I didn't realize my drivers license had expired. It caused a lot of problems and was super embarrassing, but luckily I was able to get it worked out and I passed when they ran the background check a second time.

I hope this helps...

  • If I seal my record, would they still be able to see the criminal background? – anonymousposter Apr 22 '17 at 1:14
  • I don't believe you can seal your own records. Only a court may do this. Check your local laws pertaining to this. – Andieisme Apr 22 '17 at 17:31
  • Your not likely going to be able to seal a conviction the day after your found guilty (or you pled it out) otherwise every criminal would do that which would mean every criminal would have no criminal record – Donald Apr 23 '17 at 4:07
  • Ramhound: My state does not allow the seal of DV-related convictions. If you are convicted in trial court, it stays with you for life. No sealing. No expungement. – anonymousposter Apr 23 '17 at 4:46
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This is locale and company specific, I've seen a convicted murderer become a Minister of Parliament.

These are not serious crimes, and if there is a demand for people with your skills and a shortage of candidates you should be ok. But all else being equal a clean record will get the job in front of you.

Drugs and stealing are the two major offenses that are automatic bars for many professions.

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    Not serious crimes? Check out famfc.org/domestic-violence-awareness/…. "statistics show there is about an 80% chance you will lose your job if convicted of domestic violence." – Lazor Apr 24 '17 at 17:23
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    Jaw drops. Not serious crimes? They sure as hell are serious crimes to any woman. I have had many friends hospitalized, threatened, stalked, and some even had to change their names and move to another location. This is one of the worst crimes of all. – HLGEM Apr 24 '17 at 20:27
  • HLGEM: "To any woman?" What about "To any man?" Or is it just "To any woman?" – anonymousposter Apr 25 '17 at 15:45

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