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Will having a felony affect me getting a job as an accountant?

ThumperSDThumperSD Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2012 in Business Major
I was convicted in 2007 for possession of marijuana with intent for sale. I completed everything the judge asked me to and have been clean ever since. I have 3.7 GPA with 70 or so units.

Im already in the business administration path and accounting is my primary choice right now. I will start my program soon and want to know if my felony will affect my chances of getting a job with an accounting degree. I prefer to work for private companies but I still want to be a CPA in the future. Hopefully by that time I will have my felony expunged. I do not have the money to hire a lawyer at the moment to expunge my felony.
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Replies to: Will having a felony affect me getting a job as an accountant?

  • Inmotion12Inmotion12 Posts: 1,042Registered User Senior Member
    Accounting is a heavily regulated field, so it is the wrong field to go into if you have such a major blemish on your record.
  • sp1212sp1212 Posts: 795Registered User Member
    Just letting you know, most of the people on this board are probably too scared to click on this thread or too scared to say anything in it after they saw "felony" in the title.
  • PeaPea Posts: 2,384Registered User Senior Member
    A felony will affect your ability to get any job. If you can get his expunged do it. Borrow the money if you have to.

    All job applications will as you if you have ever been convicted of a felony. Once you answer yes it is the rare company that will even have any dialog with you after that.
  • JacobimMugatuJacobimMugatu Posts: 23Registered User New Member
    Yes, it will.
  • trizz75trizz75 Posts: 628Registered User Member
    sp1212, I am truly amazed at the amount of insight you offer in your posts. You might want to move your fantastically sarcastic comments somewhere else, however, as this forum will not do you justice.

    I would concur with the others on this thread. Public accounting, especially auditing, is largely centered around accountability, which would be contra to the ethos of one with a criminal record. I am not saying you are a bad person, but from an outsider's prospective (especially one of a recruiter), I would see a felony as a thing to flag.
  • minimini Posts: 26,431Registered User Senior Member
    It is likely it will affect your ability to get a job in public accounting. It doesn't mean you won't get one, but you will be competing with folks who don't have that on their applications. (And I think it's a darn shame for a marijuana offense).

    It will likely have less effect in the private market.
  • BatlloBatllo Posts: 3,047- Senior Member
    I would borrow the money from family to hire the lawyer.
    It will take time so do it well before you graduate so you won't have to answer yes when they ask about felonies.
  • Joan52Joan52 Posts: 693Registered User Member
    I think it depends. A friend of mine in law school (who was a veteran about 15 years old than me) had a manslaughter conviction and still got admitted. The issue is whether or not the felony is one that evidences "moral turpitude" and a proclivity towards dishonesty. My friend was in a bar fight that went bad, he did his time and got to be a lawyer.

    Possession with intent to sell is a toughie. If it was just possession, probably it wouldn't be an issue. How old were you? If you were a kid and it was your first offense, it might not hurt to try to get it expunged or have your juvenile record sealed. Call legal aid in your town just for some advice on what the rules are. They couldn't do it for you, most likely, but would know what the criteria are for doing it.

    I hope you learned your lesson!
  • ThumperSDThumperSD Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    I was only 18 at the time I was caught but was not convicted until I was 20 due to lengthy investigating. I am now 24 and clean, have a high GPA, and worked at several low-paying jobs after my conviction. I also have a recommendation letter from my last employer but I dont know if that will matter since it was a non-accounting related job.

    I literally sold a friend $20 worth of weed and was caught for this.
  • kgoscohockey027kgoscohockey027 Posts: 113Registered User Junior Member
    How do you get caught selling $20 of weed to a friend... Were you in the middle of a public parking lot screaming "HEY EVERYONE I'M SELLING MY FRIEND WEED!!!" If you can't discretely sell $20 worth of weed to a friend, I would be afraid to hire you for my company.
  • ThumperSDThumperSD Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    It's a long story. I was involved in a street race and my friend crashed the car. I had a street racing charge against me but it was dropped as I took my plea bargain and only got the drug charge.

    This is the internet, I have no reason to lie. I know what I have been through.
  • xelinkxelink Posts: 1,124Registered User Senior Member
    as long as it isn't theft or fraud it probably won't so long as you can explain it well.

    theft/fraud are automatic disqualifies for anything in accounting/finance though.
  • bschoolswagbschoolswag Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Damn Thumper, maybe you should try out for the next Fast & the Furious movie?
  • sp1212sp1212 Posts: 795Registered User Member
    How do you get caught selling $20 worth of weed? Wow you are the worst drug dealer ever. But it's a shame it's for weed. It should be legalized.
  • DawgieDawgie Posts: 1,576Registered User Senior Member
    Felony? You are friggin done dude.
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