The potential long-term impact of a criminal record

If you’re convicted of a crime, it could have a significant impact on your life even if you don’t get sentenced to jail time. For instance, it may be harder to find a job, which might make it difficult to earn enough money to buy a car, buy a home, rent an apartment or have any semblance of a social life.

A conviction will likely appear on a background check

Generally speaking, anyone who conducts a background check will be able to see that you were convicted of a crime. The presence of a criminal record may alter an employer’s belief that you could be a quality asset for the company regardless of how long ago the crime occurred.

There is also a chance that a potential mate won’t want to enter into a romantic relationship with someone who has a criminal history. Finally, financial institutions might be able to deny your request for a loan based on the fact that you were convicted of a felony.

You may face many restrictions after being released from custody

You may think that getting out of jail means you are able to live a life free from oversight. However, you may be required to report to a parole officer for several months or years after getting out of jail. If you were convicted of a sex crime, you may be prohibited from living near schools, daycare centers or other places where children may be present. A criminal defense attorney may be able to provide more insight into the restrictions that you might face if you’re convicted of a crime.

If you are charged with a crime, it’s generally in your best interest to address the charge with the help of an attorney. He or she may be able to negotiate a favorable plea deal that provides you with an opportunity to live with as few restrictions as possible. A legal representative may also attempt to have the case dismissed outright.