The stigma of a criminal record has the potential to affect your life in ways you might not have realized when you committed the crime. A report in the journal Pediatrics suggests that nearly 1 in 3 people have been arrested by the time they reach the age of 23. A momentary indiscretion does not have to close off certain paths. Whether it was a conviction that was the result of an act of youthful indiscretion or something a bit more serious, it is important that you understand both the ways that a criminal record can affect your life, and what you can do to mitigate any possible damages.

How Can a Criminal Record Affect My Life?

A criminal record can affect your life in several different ways, even after you have finished serving your time or completed probation. Some of the ways in which a criminal record can negatively influence your future include the following.

One of the most substantial ways in which a criminal record can affect your life moving forward is the negative affect it can have on your employment options. Typically, most employers will conduct a basic background check when hiring new employees. This background check can give the employer information on the applicant’s past addresses, aliases, credit score, and a litany of other bits of data that details the applicant’s life up to that point. Criminal charges that resulted in a conviction can also show during background checks. Additionally, while California law prohibits employers from considering charges that did not result in conviction, the stigma of possible infractions still remains.
In certain fields of employment, employees must acquire a license. A criminal record has the potential to bar you from obtaining the license required to work in your field. For example, a drug conviction may prevent you from working as a pharmacist. In other scenarios, a conviction may not totally bar you from employment, but it may mean that you will have to jump through extra hoops to be admitted to practice. An example of this would be the field of law. In order to be admitted to practice law, your criminal record must be detailed, and each arrest explained fully.
A criminal record may also have a negative impact on some of the basic rights you are entitled to as a citizen. One example of this would be the privilege of serving on a jury. While some see jury duty as a burden, others see it as a civic duty or privilege. Certain criminal charges may bar you from serving on a jury.

Similarly, a criminal record may bar an offender from carrying a gun, and in some cases, can prevent an offender from voting. Certain offenses may also limit the areas where an offender may live, activities they may participate in, and people with whom they are allowed to associate.

Expungement of Your Criminal Record Can Help

The above are just a few examples of how a criminal conviction can negatively affect your life. If you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may be eligible for something called expungement. Expungement is the process by which your criminal case is vacated and stricken from your record. Generally speaking, if an individual has been charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor and has satisfied the terms of their probation, they may be able to have their record expunged.

If you are considering filing to have your criminal record expunged, reach out to the team at A People’s Choice. We have decades of experience in preparing the lengthy paperwork required in a variety of legal proceedings, including expungement and dismissal actions. Our services allow our clients to secure the legal document preparation they need, without the costly burden of hiring an attorney. Start the process of taking back your future, and reach out to A People’s Choice today.

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