Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
Your best option would be to have to conviction expunged - if you're eligible. This erases the convictions from your record.
The following people are eligible for an expungement under Alabama law:
Persons who can prove inaccurate or incomplete information contained in their criminal convictions. § 41-9-645. Also, persons subject to investigation of child abuse not resulting in a conviction. § 26-14-3. A person whose criminal conviction is reversed may have their DNA records expunged. § 36-18-26. Persons who satisfactorily complete preprosecution or pretrial diversionary programs may ask the district attorney to petition for expungement. § 45-8-82.40.
If you are not eligible for an expungement, you will have to focus on an career that does not involve security clearance, such as a government job (from law enforcement to a postal worker). You'll have to concentrate on employment in the private sector.
Unfortunately, there's not a lot out there as far as specifics. Because employment is a privilege, and not a right, employers have the right to deny anyone employment so long as it is not discriminatory based on race, sex, age or disability.
In your case, it may simply be the previous convictions that are holding you back - but an employer is not discrimination and can refuse you employment on that basis. Short of an expungement, you're going to have the convictions to deal with.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).