What Are the Consequences of a Criminal Record?

A criminal record can impact individuals in a number of ways. Many of these consequences include long-term effects on their livelihood and future. If you are facing criminal charges, it is important that you reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney who will work to protect your future. Our firm understands the lifelong impacts that a criminal record may have on your future. Continue reading to discover the consequences of a criminal record. Reach out to our firm today to discuss our services and to learn how we can fight for your rights in court.

What are the long-term consequences of a criminal record?

An individual with a criminal record can be impacted in many aspects of their life including the following:

  • Criminal records can have a negative impact on child custody arrangements.
    • The former spouse may use a criminal record to prove they are an unfit parent or a danger to their child.
  • The capability of getting and keeping a job.Β A criminal record limits the types of jobs a person can have.
    • If a job application asks if they have been convicted of a crime, they are required to check “yes”.Β  Employers will also typically conduct background checks. If an individual was to check “no” regarding their conviction of a crime on the application, they can be disqualified from the job for lying.
    • Individuals convicted of a crime can be fired from their current job.
  • Immigration status can be impacted. Individuals with a criminal record can be deported or prevented from becoming a citizen.

What is expungement?

Expungement allows individuals convicted of a crime to erase their criminal records. This also means that these individuals will no longer have to disclose their criminal history on job applications. However, some members of law enforcement will still be able to access the record. Crimes that are eligible for expungement include many low-level non-violent crimes.

However, individuals will need to meet certain criteria for their records to be expunged. Only certain crimes can be expunged from criminal records in New Jersey.Β  A record cannot be expunged in the event of crimes such as the following:

  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Arson
  • Sexual assault
  • Distribution/possession of controlled substances
  • Perjury

If you have a criminal record and have questions regarding the process of expungement, reach out to our firm today to discuss your options.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges,Β contact the Law Offices of Michael A. PolicastroΒ today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.