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My husband is 41 years old and has a college degree. He has over 15 years of banking experience and 10 years of management experience. Two years ago we had a big disagreement over a used car that we purchased. It was a lemon and we made the stupid decision to put a stop payment on the check. Well he had to go to court and now has a felony conviction for passing a bad check. We have three little girls and my husband is working at a hotel making $9.00/hr. Between him and I our income is very small. We live in the Cleveland area and the work force is slow anyway, but with his felony he can't find anything that will allow him to utilize his education/experience. Does anyone have any ideas of what we can do? We are so depressed. We are still paying on student loans and so far behind.

Asked By: Julia - 7/18/2006
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A program sponsored by the US Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration called the Federal Bonding Program helps ex-offenders find jobs. The bond is given to the employer free of charge and serves as an incentive to the company to hire ex-offenders... More
Answered By: nhzero - 7/18/2006
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Try to get the conviction sealed or expunged from his record. It will take time though. He could be up front in any job interviews too and they'll hopefully take the circumstances into account when making their decision.
Answered By: Tom S - 7/18/2006
 
All you can do, I think, is have him explain when he goes in for the interview what happened. If the company chooses not to hire him for that, there's nothing he can do. If you can at all, get away from Cleveland. I'm from Akron, so I know how it is around here. Somewhere else (anywhere really) will have more jobs... More
Answered By: Tim - 7/18/2006
 
If what you said is accurate without distortion, I would recommend filing an appeal. It does not appear as though your defense was strong enough to warrant the "stop payment" of the check. As far as your employment situation, I cannot offer any assistance with that. I can only wish you good luck.
Answered By: DocoMyster - 7/18/2006
 
Contact a good attorney. Try the local law schools they have clinic programs that can help.
Answered By: C B - 7/18/2006
 
That is an awful story. I can't imagine that passing bad checks will ever go over well in a banking job. Obviously it would be tough to move to a more conservative (and by definition more prosperous) section of the country because money is tight... More
Answered By: tm_tech32 - 7/18/2006
 
an appeal is the only real hope i'm sad to say, taking the jugdment to a higher court in hopes to get the conviction overturned. there are some free places for legal advice. google them u might find what u need. sry about your plight
Answered By: Big Willie Style - 7/18/2006
 
Are you telling everything? Issuing a check and then stopping payment is not illegal. Issuing a check without sufficient funds to cover it with the intent to defraud is.
Answered By: airbob61@verizon.net - 7/18/2006
 
you said two years ago... if he keeps out of trouble..in one year he can have his record expunged. you can re-check but in ohio... i think after three yrs..get an attorney and go to court to have record erased. you can stick it out that long. maybe you can do it sooner. good luck..
Answered By: the moose - 7/18/2006
 
Okay, with his felony conviction, even though it's probably classed low, he'll never work in banking or with sizable amounts of money again, but you know that, right? He's not bondable. Yet, it's not the end of the world. As the other person who answered said, go to the court and petition to have the conviction... More
Answered By: sterling roses - 7/18/2006
 
that's to bad... sorry to hear about what happened. i've thought about canceling a check after writing one to someone i'm disputing with... trust me, i won't ever consider it again after i read what happened. there are a lot of places that will still hire your husband. it's not a violent felony. he could apply to... More
Answered By: JayneDoe - 7/18/2006
 
I know what you're talking about. He was not only convicted of a crime, but convicted of a financial crime. And for someone whose job experience is handling other people's money and being in a position of trust, it will be extremely difficult for him to re-establish himself in the same field of work. That's just one... More
Answered By: VanJohn - 7/18/2006
 
luthern ministries might be a good place to start in cleveland. their community reentry program is for felons returning to the community from prison, but they might be able to provide referrals or have workshops that your husband could attend. your husband will not be able to work in the banking industry until his... More
Answered By: lenslove - 7/21/2006
 
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