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Will a protective order show on a Utah background check?

Most background checks conducted by Utah employers look for criminal charges.  While violation of a protective order is considered a criminal offense under Utah law, the protective order itself is considered a civil matter.  If you have been convicted of violating a protective order, the conviction may show up on a background check.  But because the protective order itself is civil in nature, it should not show up on a criminal background check.

While any criminal conviction may show up on a criminal background check, some employers are only looking for felony convictions.  A first violation of a protective order is typically filed as a misdemeanor in Utah, and therefore would not show up if a prospective employer was only looking for felony charges.  However, if a person repeatedly violates a protective order, subsequent violations can be charged on the felony level.  

It is important to note that even if you have not been convicted of violating a protective order, merely having a protective order filed against you will affect your rights to possess guns ("firearms") or other weapons.

If you are facing prosecution in Utah for a protective order or other criminal offenses, it is vital to have the assistance of an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer.  Based in Salt Lake City, criminal attorney Stephen Howard offers legal services to clients throughout the State.  Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.


 

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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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