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Even dismissed charges are no guarantee you won't lose your job

As we have said time and again on this blog, criminal charges can not only have an effect on your record but they can also greatly affect your job as well. This point was exemplified recently by the case of NFL running back Ray Rice who was recently fired from the Baltimore Ravens.

For those of our California readers who have been following the news over the last year, Rice's termination may have come as little shock, especially after considering changes the League has made concerning criminal charges and convictions of its professional athletes.

But as recent news reports have pointed out, Rice's recent termination and suspension from the football league was mostly in response to public pressure to hold him accountable for his actions. As some of you may know, the footballer was initially arrested for simple assault-domestic violence for an altercation with his wife in an elevator on Valentine's Day. The charge was later escalated to aggravated assault but was later dropped because of a deal made with prosecutors.

Even though the charge was dropped in exchange for Rice's completion of a year-long counseling program, the accusations of domestic violence were enough to tarnish the 27-year-old's image. Some say this forced the League to bolster its stance against crimes, catching Rice in the wake.

Although a majority of our readers may not be professional athletes, job termination following a criminal activity is a business practice found at many companies across the state. Just like Rice, our readers could find themselves facing termination after a run in with the law, even if charges are dropped. Situations such as this can easily become frustrating, which could lead someone to get help from a skilled attorney in order to protect their rights and get the best possible outcome.

Sources: USA Today, "Baltimore Ravens try to polish image after dumping Ray Rice," Gary Mihoces, Sept. 9, 2014

The Los Angeles Times, "Good riddance to Ray Rice, whose domestic violence cannot be ignored," Robin Abcarian, Sept. 8, 2014

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