What Are the Long-Term Impacts of Having a Criminal Record?

When someone is convicted of a crime, oftentimes, the penalties extend far beyond jail time and high fines, as a criminal record can follow an individual for the rest of his or her life. Criminal records can impose a wide array of restrictions and hardships on a person, which is why if you are charged with a crime, it is critical that you seek the legal assistance of a Bergen County criminal defense attorney who can fight those charges from the start. Read on and speak with our firm to learn about some of the long-term consequences of having a criminal record. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the long-term consequences of having a criminal record in New Jersey?

There are various long-term consequences of having a criminal record in New Jersey. Some of those consequences are as follows:

  • When applying for jobs in the future, you will most likely be asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, which will decrease your chances of securing employment.
  • Landlords often run background checks before renting property out, and in many cases, you will not be allowed to rent certain property if you’ve been convicted of a crime.
  • If you are a divorced parent, there is a very good chance that a criminal conviction can impact your child custody agreement. For example, if you are convicted of a drug charge or a domestic violence charge, your former spouse may argue that you have violated the core of your custody agreement, which is looking out for your child’s well-being.
  • If you are an undocumented immigrant or are otherwise not yet a naturalized citizen, a criminal conviction may result in your deportation from the United States.
  • If you were convicted of a DUI, aside from losing your driver’s license, you will most likely also lose the right to apply for a commercial driver’s license in the future.
  • Obtaining a criminal record may prohibit you from securing certain loans.
  • Certain crimes automatically make individuals ineligible to apply for federal jobs.
  • If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you will most likely become a registered sex offender, meaning the general public will know who you are, what you’ve done, and when you’ve moved into their neighborhood.

Can I ever have my criminal record cleared?

With the assistance of a New Jersey criminal defense attorney, certain low-level crimes may be expunged from your record. If you believe you qualify for an expungement or you are currently facing criminal charges, speak with Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman today.

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