Teachers in Austin are also being subjected to background checks, similar those Texas nurses have been undergoing.
The landscape has clearly changed for the standards of criminal record checks in Texas and nationwide.
These checks are standard for all new hires, and as the news reports indicate, many public sector employees are being subjected to historical checks for all existing employees.
Consider what will happen when you apply for a job, and are considered one of a few leading, highly-qualified candidates. If the hiring decision comes down to you, with a mistake in your past, for which you plead guilty to a criminal charge, and someone with no criminal conviction – who do you think an employer is likely to choose?
A criminal record for a minor charge as a young person may not have mattered much back when that information was buried in a courtroom file. But everything is easily available electronically now, and will become even more searchable in the future.
Contact our Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers for advice on how you can avoid a criminal record if you are charged with a criminal offense in Texas.