If you’ve previously been arrested for a felony in Rockville, you may be worried about future employers discovering that arrest through background checks. In general, an arrest without a conviction is only an arrest, and not a significant event. However, if you are applying for a federal job or a high-security job, your employers may consider arrests relevant.

In this video, a lawyer explains whether a potential employer may look at your felony arrests when making hiring decisions. While federal employers may care about certain charges, such as drunk driving arrests, this is an exception. In most situations, an arrest is meaningless without a conviction. For this reason, it’s important to speak to a lawyer about your criminal charges and help keep them off your employment check. However, if a potential employer does ask about past arrests, the best course of action is to be truthful.