Legal Question in Criminal Law in North Carolina

Are there any rights for a convicted felon who was released 6 years ago and can't find work

Asked on 8/18/13, 5:55 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Kenneth Love Ken Love Law

I assume you are asking what are your rights considering you can't get a job because of your record. Unfortunately, employers are allowed to ask and probe criminal records in making hiring choices. I recommend, you look for resources in your area that assist with those who have served their time and want to get on with their lives. I suggest the United Way as a starting point.

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Answered on 8/18/13, 6:53 pm

Amanda Houser The Houser Law Firm, P.C.

This is one of the major flaws of our system - you do your time pay your dues and when you get out you find you probably had more options and freedom when you were in jail. Once you are convicted of a felony, your options are dramatically downgraded. It is possible but incredibly difficult to be a decent, productive member of society with a felony record. So difficult in fact, that the vast majority of convicted felons simply give up and choose to be career criminals. I don't advocate that choice but I certainly understand it.

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Answered on 8/19/13, 8:08 am

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