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November 2015 Archives

Seeking Employment After a Criminal Conviction

Having a criminal record can be a great barrier to obtaining gainful employment. People can be wary of hiring employees with criminal records because they do not find them trustworthy or because they are afraid that their customers would object if they knew that the employee had been in trouble with the law. Nevertheless, people with a criminal conviction should not be punished for the rest of their lives for past mistakes when they have already served their time.

Public Officials and Public Corruption Charges

In New York, the Office of the Attorney General's Public Integrity Bureau investigates and pursues criminal charges of public corruption, especially involving fraud, government corruption, and abuse of authority. Depending on the nature of the crime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation can also investigate these charges.

Grand Jury Indictments for Federal Crimes

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution holds that in order to be charged with a capital or "otherwise infamous" crime, a person has to be indicted by a grand jury. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that this Fifth Amendment requirement is not imposed on the states, and a grand jury indictment is not therefore not constitutionally required for a state felony. The New York state constitution, however, mirrors the U.S. Constitution in its requirement that a person facing a felony charge first be indicted by a grand jury.

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