Highest jobless rate since the Great Depression: Why You Need to Seal or Expunge Your Criminal Record in South Florida as Coronavirus Ravages the US Workforce

Highest jobless rate since the Great Depression: Why You Need to Seal or Expunge Your Criminal Record in South Florida as Coronavirus Ravages the US Workforce

33+ Million Unemployed:  Why You Need to Seal or Expunge Your Criminal Record in South Florida

Someone’s criminal history may be the first thing an employer considers when deciding to hire one applicant over another in South Florida. 

Even in a healthy economy, getting a job can be tough.  In an economy gaffed by COVID-19, getting a job seems nearly impossible as businesses struggle to stay open.  Now, couple those struggling businesses with a pool of more than 33 MILLION people looking for jobs?  That is a lot of competition you’re up against if you find yourself looking for a job in 2020.  You need to do everything possible to make yourself “employable.” Sealing or Expunging your record may save your career and (believe it or not) is relatively inexpensive.

Let’s begin with a little anecdote to illustrate how important a clean criminal history is when you are applying for a job.  

Let’s say Rossen Law Firm is hiring a paralegal to work an open desk we have.  We received two applications. One from Tim and one from Rex. Tim and Rex both have degrees from the top school in Florida, nearly identical GPAs and the same amount of years in the field.  But Rex has something Tim does not have.  

Five years ago, Rex was caught speeding and then was arrested for having cocaine in his car.  Now, we certainly do not believe it is the end of the world, but we work in Criminal Defense. If Rex was applying for a job elsewhere his criminal history could be a death knell.  We would certainly review both applications without judgment, but if Rex and Tim are equal applicants otherwise – who do you think we would choose for the paralegal position? 

The guy with the clean criminal history or the guy with a drug charge on his record?  The choice is easy.

You want to do everything you can to maximize your chances to land a job (or keep your job) in this economy

The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy. (…) In addition to the millions of newly unemployed, 5.1 million others had their hours reduced in April. That trend, too, means less income and less spending, perpetuating the economic downturn.” – Miami Herald 

You do not want to find yourself in the situation Rex is in.  There will be plenty of highly qualified professionals who were laid-off during this pandemic, so you need to make sure the playing field is leveled.

Free Consultation to see how we can help minimize your criminal record

Contact Us today for a Free Consultation regarding your criminal record and to explore what we can do for you!

If you are unsure if you have a criminal history, don’t worry. We will be able to help review your record to see what shows up when someone looks you up online.

For a Detailed Explanation on Sealing & Expunging, click here: Rossen Law Firm – Expungement

Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation:


Check out our video interview with an ivy-league educated hospitality professional in Miami who lost her job almost immediately when the coronavirus pandemic started to hit South Florida.

If an $85 Billion industry can crumble… anyone may be forced to reinvent themselves. Do you have a plan B? For more…

Posted by Rossen Law Firm on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Second DUI, 0.19 Breath
DUI Charge Dismissed
Federal Child Porn Possession
Mandatory Prison Time Avoided
Attempted Murder
Charges Dismissed
How We Win
Second DUI, 0.19 Breath
DUI Charge Dismissed
Federal Child Porn Possession
Mandatory Prison Time Avoided
Attempted Murder
Charges Dismissed
Google Reviews
kevin tabronkevin tabron
00:07 08 Sep 22
In one of the most stressful times in my life, Rossen Law Firm was there for me. Leaving no stone unturned they provided patience and knowledge in every detail of my case. I’m very thankful and proud of this law firm family and especially of my lawyer, Scott Simmons for guiding, defending and helping me in every way possible. He and this law firm family come highly recommended from personal experience!!!
Jason HigleyJason Higley
15:24 26 Aug 22
I had an unfortunate situation with a family member that lead to my arrest and being charged with DV Battery. This was the first time I had ever been arrested so I was very nervous and afraid of what was going to happen to me. After talking with Adam I decided to retain him and let me tell you this was the BEST decision I could have ever made. Adam made me feel so comfortable and confident that everything will turn out the best in my favor. He is professional, ethical and supportive. He was always available too answer any questions or concerns.Not to mention, his team at the office is awesome they are so friendly and welcoming. Anytime I had a question when I called the office they were able to guide me in the rightdirection. They always were in contact with me with any information or updates regarding my case. Adams team is GREAT!Adam delivered, my case was DISMISSED. So if you want an attorney the is gonna fight for you and get the job done retain the BEST there is Adam Rossen!!!
Felix I HFelix I H
13:27 28 Jul 22
Adam Rossen and the team at Rossen Law took great care in handling my case. They are very professional, and get the job done. I was particular relieved to see just how much empathy they showed with me, and how effortless it was to be their client.I literally visited them twice. My initial consultation, and then to pickup the final docs. I have nothing but great things to say about these folks, and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks Guys.
Terry ChristopherTerry Christopher
12:32 09 May 22
I had an amazing experience with The Rossen Law Firm. The staff were very professional. Attorney Susan Lawson went above and beyond working on my case. We were thoroughly prepared for trial. Mrs. Lawson reviewed hours of body and dash camera footage multiple times and aggressively performed depositions on witnesses and law enforcement.The final outcome for me was the state dropped my case, due to the great work Susan and the Rossen team performed. I didn’t even need to go to trial.This law firm does not play around. They pay attention to detail and they FIGHT FOR YOU!Thank you Adam, team, and a special thank you to Susan for your amazing work! I really appreciate you.
Ketiana ProvinceKetiana Province
20:27 23 Mar 22
My experience with Rossen Law Firm was excellent. From the consultation to the end.. My attorney Susan Lawson gave my son's case all the time and attention that was needed to be successful in court. She was confident during all the court proceedings. My favorite part was when she said we are family, never once my son and I were treated other then that. I very much appreciate the knowledge and support I received through Rossen Law Firm.