How does a person who pleads quilts to aggravated assault in a domestic violence case find employment?

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How does a person who pleads quilts to aggravated assault in a domestic violence case find employment?

My son is about to be sentenced for aggravated assault. It was a domestic violence situation. He is trying to find a job and had been not been able to get

one. He has applied for jobs at companies that hire felons but has not gotten

them because his is considered a violent offense. What is a person to do? It seems the system wants him to fail. We are at a loss.

Asked on September 5, 2016 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Once someone has a felony, it will impact their lives until the status has changed.  Unfortunately, those with assaultive offenses having an even more difficult time seeking employment, especially in service sector industries.  Your son does have a couple of options, however.  One is to seek a review of his case with an appellate attorney.  Plea bargained cases are extremely difficult to overturn... but cases have been reversed and undone in the past under the right facts.  It doesn't hurt to ask the question.
His other options are non-legal. Many felons come out of prison with limited skills and public bias.  As a result, many pursue and develop careers as small business owners and/or independent contrators, thereby making the dreaded background check moot.  Have your son set up an appointment with an adviser at your local small business administration and local workforce counselor to discuss these types of career options.  If he wants to stay in mainstream employment, he probably needs to retrain for non-service sector jobs so as to avoid the bias that comes with his assault conviction.


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