Everyone makes mistakes – it isn’t just you.
Unfortunately, some mistakes can get you into legal trouble and have serious consequences.
Having been charged for crime shows up on your public record and can impact nearly every facet of your life, even after you serve jail time and/or pay your fines.
If you – or someone close to you – has been recently convicted of a crime, here’s what you can expect:
· Disrupted Employment
One of the harshest consequences of having a criminal record is being unable to land a good job afterward.
If you are convicted whilst employed, there is a high chance that you will lose your job. This is because many enterprises, especially customer-oriented ones, need to maintain their image and integrity, and can quote this as a reason of dismissal.
On the other hand, if you will for out looking for a job post-conviction, the employee background checks in the interview process can make it difficult to land the position.
However, this does not mean you should lie about your criminal record as that can lead to more severe consequences.
· Difficulty in Rentals
Being convicted of a crime can also make it significantly hard for you to find a place to live, as a criminal record on rental applications is a red flag for potential landlords.
Because most people are naturally wary of others with criminal records, a criminal conviction can often be a deciding factor when it comes to rental applications.
But if you were wrongly accused or convicted of a minor crime, you can always explain your situation to the potential landlord.
· A Tarnished Reputation
A criminal record affects your reputation in society. People may look down upon you or begin to behave differently – even your closest friends and family
Regardless of the crime you committed, you may be excluded from family and community events as people see those with a criminal record as someone dangerous, or at the very least, a bad influence.
· Restricted Traveling
Traveling abroad with a criminal conviction can be difficult, as most countries run a background check – including criminal records – before issuing a visa for travel.
Having a criminal record can make your entry difficult in most countries. Even if you are allowed to enter, it is bound to make the process more time-consuming and complicated.
A criminal record sticks around forever, and this negative association can seriously impact your professional and personal life.
If you or someone close to you is facing charges that can lead to a criminal record, reach out to Franks & Rechenberg, P.C.
Our experienced criminal defense lawyers offer the best possible legal defense, ensuring a favorable verdict.
Isn’t that just what you want?