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Can I Go to Jail for Lying About My Criminal Background on a Job Application?

November 30, 2020

Chances are you’ve probably told a white lie or two to obtain employment. While telling a white lie here and there about your skill level using Microsoft programs or that you’re okay working weekends isn’t necessarily harmful, lying about your criminal record, experience and education can not only lead to your termination but they can also land you in jail under certain circumstances. Learn more below. 

Read more: Do NJ Teachers Have to Self-report Arrests to their School District?

New Jersey is an At-Will Employment State

First and foremost, it’s important to remember that New Jersey is one of many states that can terminate an employee for any reason, unless that reason is illegal, such as terminating a protected class or in an effort to retaliate against an employee. Likewise, under this law, an employee can leave their job at any time, regardless of putting in their notice. In many workplaces, egregiously lying on an application or falsifying a degree or other certification can be grounds for termination. But what happens if you lie to a federal employer or lie about military service? Are you afforded the same rights and protections?

Criminal Charges for Lying About on a Job Application

Individuals may be facing criminal fraud charges if their lie caused substantial damage to the financial welfare of a business. Furthermore, an individual may face charges if he or she lies about their education or experience while applying for a state or federal employer because it is a crime to lie to a federal or state government agent. 

Individuals may also face criminal charges if he or she lies about their military experience. This is under what’s known as the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a federal offense to lie about receiving military medals in an effort to gain money or other tangible benefits. 

If you were arrested for lying to a state government official or for committing fraud, contact the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio for a consultation. 

Contact an Experienced Woodbridge Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Criminal Charges in New Jersey

Were you arrested in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio have successfully represented clients in Middlesex County, Mercer County, Union County, Ocean County, and throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 334-7468 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 227 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 as well as offices located in Princeton, Freehold, Jersey City, and Mount Laurel.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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