When you’re charged with a crime, the impact can go far beyond what happens in the courtroom. The impact can affect many things including your job. Making the decision about whether to tell your employer that you’ve been arrested is something that you should begin thinking about early on.
The decision whether to tell your employer that you were arrested or not depends on your employer and I can’t give you a solid yes or no answer. I will let you know some of the things that you need to think about when making the decision for yourself.
Ultimately, you have to figure out if your employer will find out if you don’t tell them. How will your employer take it if they hear it from you compared to them finding out on their own?
When you are arrested and charged with a crime, your case may start showing up on background checks. If your employer regularly does background checks, or if you change positions where they may do a background check, it may be better to tell them before they find out.
You will also have to be in court periodically while your case is pending. If taking off that much is going to cause a problem, you may have to explain to your employer what’s going on.
If you are being charged with DWI or drug possession, your driver’s license may be suspended at some point. If you have a drive as part of your job, you may need to let your employer know.
In most cases, you don’t need to tell your employer. Most employers don’t do periodic background checks after you’re hired, most positions don’t require that you drive for your job, and most people can take a few mornings off of work without explaining the circumstances. Ultimately it’s a personal decision that you’ll have to make that depends on your employer and how comfortable you are talking about it.
If you’re being charged with a crime, schedule a consultation today. We can develop a plan to get your through this.