Can I work at a school if I get criminal charges?

Whether you will be able to work at a school after being charged with a crime will depend on the nature of the charges and the outcome of the criminal case.

In general, most schools will conduct a background check on potential employees and even those who work at the school but are not directly employed by the school such as construction workers, which will include a check for criminal records. If the charges against you are serious and you are convicted, it is likely that the school will not hire you or you will not be able to access the school or school grounds, as they have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of the students.

However, if the charges against you are less serious or if you are able to resolve the charges without a conviction, you may still be able to work at a school. Some schools may be willing to consider your application on a case-by-case basis and take into account the circumstances surrounding the charges, your qualifications, and your references.

It’s worth noting that different states and even different schools within a state may have different policies on hiring employees with criminal records.

It is highly recommended to seek legal advice and understand the implications of your criminal charges before applying for a job at a school, in order to be prepared to answer any questions or concerns that may arise during the hiring process.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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