The job market is tough. Unemployment is at an all time high, and every employer with a credit card is running background checks on incoming candidates. A lot of people have had to deal with the frustration and embarrassment of being passed over for a great job due to a mistake they have made in the past. A criminal record can often be the determining factor in whether or not someone will hire you.
However, there is a way to legally destroy your criminal record. Get an expungement. Putting your criminal record behind you and moving on to a great new job can be the best investment you ever make. If your case was dismissed, or you completed deferred adjudication for a class C misdemeanor, your record is eligible for expungement. When expunged, your record cannot, for any purpose, be released to the public, which includes any employers running a background check. When questioned by a potential employer, you can honestly deny any arrest or expunction order.
When your record is expunged, it is literally destroyed within sixty days to one year from the expunction date. Not only is this beneficial to you when you are job hunting, but it also erases the heavy burden of a criminal record. In order to expunge your record, you will have to file a motion so a Judge may assess your case. This is doable without an attorney, but since the nature of the law is tricky and laws vary from state to state, it is always recommended to have a licensed attorney navigate your case. I recommend visiting http://www.recordgone.com to see what you can do to have your record expunged.
Disclaimer: this does not constitute legal advice. It is only to provide general information about this matter. I strongly advise any reader to confer with an attorney in their state in order to ensure proper advice is received.