A criminal charge or conviction could negatively affect your ability to lead a successful life. Depending on the circumstances, you may have greater difficulty finding a job or securing housing. There are multiple consequences that people may face for criminal charges and convictions.
What Are Some Consequences of Having a Criminal Record?
Federal student aid: Many teenagers and young adults don’t realize this, but federal student aid can be affected if you were convicted of a drug crime while receiving student loans. Your aid will not be affected if you received the conviction before receiving any federal loans. Along with that, there will be many kinds of grants and scholarships that an individual with a criminal record will not be able to qualify for, even with amazing grades and a perfect GPA.
Federal welfare: In general, a person with a criminal background will face many restrictions regarding any aid opportunities.
Employment: Many people are left unemployed after dealing with a criminal charge and/or conviction. They may not be able to find a job, even if they meet all the necessary requirements for that job otherwise. With a simple background check, an employer is able to find a person’s arrest records and credit history, and one of the main questions they’ll ask on application forms is if you have ever been convicted of a crime.
Other rights: You may also lose your right to possess a firearm, your right to vote, your right to sit on a jury panel, your ability to have a professional trade license, and certain immigration rights.
Being in this situation is frustrating for anyone, especially if you have a job and family that you still need to take care of. A record clearance of a criminal charge may be possible, but not everyone is eligible. The Law Offices of Richard Wingerden can professionally represent you in court if you have been arrested. Contact us today for a free consultation to get the aggressive representation you deserve.