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Don't lie to your parole officer about having a suitable job

We recently gave our readers some tips about finding a job if you are classified as a felon. One thing that you might find especially challenging is that you will be required to have a job if you are on probation or parole; however, actually finding that job might be a challenge.

For individuals with drug charges, there is a two-fold problem. The first is the box about criminal charges that is present on most employment applications. The second is that your conviction was for drug charges.

Once a potential employer sees that you were on drugs, they might not be willing to give you a chance because of the risk that you will start using again and pose a big risk to the company. This is hard to battle against, but you might be able to let the employer know what steps you've taken to get clean and stay that way.

If you are having trouble finding a job while you are on probation or parole, let you supervision officer know. They might have some contacts or leads that might enable you to find a job. They might also have you track where you are trying to find a job so that they can see that you are making an effort.

We realize that thinking about these programs is difficult. We are here to help you learn about what legal options you have if you are facing charges or have already been convicted. The important thing to remember here is that all hope isn't lost just because you are facing or have faced these criminal charges.

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