Question by  tads (17)

Can a felon apply for a government job?


Answer by  AnitaJay (107)

A felon isn't generally prohibited from *applying* for a government job; jobs open to the public are usually available to felons as well. The problem lies in the type of job vs. the type of felony offense. Obviously if a person was convicted of financial fraud/embezzlement or something like that, it could give an employer pause before hiring him/her.


Answer by  Darry (3853)

Generally it depends upon the type of felony and specific job but in most cases the answer is no. Exemptions may be made for non-violent felonies such as DUI's but typically they are seen as a security risk and thus would bar you from gaining government employment. You could try to have your record expunged, if enough time has passed.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

You could apply but you probably won't get the job. The government and any company that does background checks will not hire felons.


Answer by  gleverance (720)

You can always apply. The majority of positions, though, require you to have no criminal record. There are exceptions, it depends on the job posting. The important thing is to be totally honest about the felony conviction. Trying to hide it will get you denied immediately, being honest will get your application looked at.


Answer by  John (9008)

They can apply, but it is very unlikely that a felon will be able to get any job other than a very menial one.

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