Don’t Let Criminal History Background Checks and One Mistake Ruin Your Life

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Throughout your life, there are going to be things that happen that you may not be proud of.

Sometimes it’s little things like being mean to someone when you were a kid. Sometimes it’s bigger things, like getting in trouble with the law. But should you really be beating yourself up about those things years down the line? Should you really have to pay for them several years down the line? No way.  Instead, you should be able to move on with your life and let those mistakes and those embarrassing moments fall by the wayside.

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What Really Happens to Mistakes?

For most people, the errors they make are quite minor. Or they were never actually found out so they just disappear. But for others, those blunders can become a big problem. If the blunder you make has to do with the law it can be a whole lot harder to just put it behind you and pretend it never happened. That error in judgement can follow you for the rest of your life. And when problems like that follow you it can keep you from getting a job or even keep you from getting the apartment you want.

Mistakes that don’t involve laws but rather embarrassment or upsetting someone aren’t as big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. You can brush them off. Even though you or someone else involved might remember them they don’t actually cause anyone harm after the fact. If you’ve been in trouble with the law and now you’re facing the repercussions of that you might be wishing that you had to deal with those types of problems and embarrassments. After all, you’d still be able to get a job.

The Problem with Legal Errors

When you make a blunder that’s illegal you can find yourself in trouble because of one very important thing. Criminal history background checks. When you apply for a job or you apply to rent an apartment they’re going to run a background check, which will connect them to mass media, search engines and more.

In fact, research shows that 9 out of 10 U.S. employers run a background check before hiring for certain types of positions

More than that, if you want to open a business you could have trouble getting funding or even getting investors. If you’re audited that information could pop up also. And that could make it difficult for you to get the outcome you want. All because they run a background check.

And when they run that background check they’ll find that error in judgement you made. Even if you think it’s been a long time or it wasn’t that big of a deal or no one is going to care … it hasn’t. It is. And they do. But should you really have to pay for the rest of your life because you made a blunder?

The truth is, legal errors in judgement take on a number of different forms. Some people have very serious legal errors in judgement. In fact, sometimes there are situations that shouldn’t even be classified as a mistake because they’re so serious. But the truth is that only about 4% of arrests are actually considered the most serious. Then there are other legal issues that the government looks on the same way even though they’re not the same thing at all, which represent the other 94%. Once you’ve paid your debt to society in the form of incarceration or fines and fees then you shouldn’t have to pay anymore. You should be able to get your life back on track.

Moving on From Legal Errors in Judgement

When you’ve finished making restitution for your legal errors, in whatever form the court decides you should, then you should no longer have to fear a criminal history background check. Instead, you should be able to move on with your life and get the jobs you want or the home you want without having to worry about one mistake ruining everything for you. This is important for those who have done exactly that. Made a single error in judgement and then turned their life around. Or at least tried to turn their life around. How are you supposed to do it right if no one will let you?

Criminal History Background Checks: What You Need to Know

That criminal history background check is going to hit you when you least expect it. When you feel like you’re ready to put all the pieces back together and start putting your life in order you’ll apply for a job and get denied. Or you’ll apply with a down payment on an apartment and get denied. Or your current landlord will evict you. It’s all because they ran a criminal record background check and they found out you have a record. And that record may not even be accurate. Research shows that as much as 42% of the time, those checks actually get it wrong.

Now, a potential employer or landlord may run a search on a popular search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing and find information about your record. Or they might check out news and information on one of the top 20 mass media sites in the U.S. Each of these places could have information about your arrest, conviction, sentence and more. And they can all impact your likelihood of getting the response you’re looking for. But you can do something about it.

What to Do About Your Criminal Record Background Check

If you know that there’s something not so good on your federal criminal background check it’s important to start working on it right away. Don’t just sit back and let your entire life be dictated by that one stupid or embarrassing or silly thing that you did. Instead, take back control of your life and start doing something about it. You have the right to live your life and to support yourself and your family. How are you going to do that if your criminal record is hanging over you at every turn?

You need to know how to get your criminal background check so you can look over everything that those potential employers and landlords see. That’s because when it comes to your reputation, illegal activity is one of the biggest things that people look at, especially those with the power to give you a job. One reason for this is that the current economy shows as much as 80% of market value is coming from intangible assets and that means company reputation, and therefore the reputation of each person involved in the company, is crucial to getting market share.

The good news is that you can request a copy of your own background check whenever you want. Just like a potential employer or anyone else can request a copy of your background check, you can do it too. You just need to find the right service or even go through your state government to get a copy. If your potential employer runs a background check you can even request a copy of the report they receive.

The even better news is that there are things you can do about what you find there. You can actually get some of the errors in judgement on your criminal record removed the same way you can get negative factors removed off of your credit report. All you need is someone who knows what they’re doing to help you with the process.

Getting on the Right Track

The key to removing something from your criminal history and especially from your background check is proving that you’ve actually changed. If you’ve made the same mistakes again and again and want to claim that you’ve changed only a month later then chances are it’s going to be difficult. But if you’ve made a blunder of some kind in your past that you have learned from and you’ve grown up, it’s time to take your life back. Don’t let those problems hold you back and keep you from getting the life that you deserve. Instead, give yourself a fresh start, where the internet can no longer hurt you.

With Reputation America you can connect with an agent who will do everything he can to restore your reputation and clear up those errors in judgement so you can move on with your life. All you need to do is present documents that show you’ve done what you were responsible for. That you’ve served your time, paid your fines, gone to classes or even been proven not guilty. From there, we’ll take care of the rest, removing the information from those places that are checked most. The top 20 mass media sites and the top search engines.

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