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Potential long-term ramifications of a criminal record

Posted by Bulldog Law | May 04, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you have a criminal record, you need to think about more than just the short-term ramifications. It is important to consider things like fines or jail time, but a conviction can go far beyond that.

To help demonstrate how widespread this impact can be on the rest of your life, here are just a few areas that you may need to consider.

Maintaining your career

First and foremost, some employers will not hire people with a criminal record. It could also be impossible for you to work in certain occupations, such as an occupation that requires you to carry a firearm.

Loss of rights

Speaking of firearms, some felony charges mean that your right to own a firearm will be revoked. You could also lose the right to vote in some elections.

Finding housing

Furthermore, a criminal record can make it more difficult to live in certain types of housing, from public housing to apartments. Many landlords will run background checks. This could also make it more difficult for you to get a mortgage and buy a home.

Seeing your children

If you're a divorced parent, a criminal record may even impact your ability to see your children. This certainly doesn't mean that it's impossible, but the court does try to keep children safe when determining custody options. Your ex may argue that your criminal record means that it is not safe for you to be around the children.

Your legal options

These are just four different areas where having a criminal record may change your life significantly. For all of these reasons and more, make sure you understand your legal options if you're facing charges.

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