Sometimes in business we’re asked, or tempted, to skirt around the edges of what is legal. Lots of businesses do it; ignore standards, pay bribes, steal competitive information, and worse.
Is it worth it? the answer is a resounding no. here’s what you’re in for if you walk down the wrong path and find yourself with a felony conviction. It’s not pretty.
How a Felony Conviction Will Affect Your Life
One thing about mistakes is that everyone makes them. However, some mistakes can hinder you for the rest of your life. Getting convicted of a felony is one of those things that can impact many different areas of your life and not in a good way. Here are just a few of the ways that having a felony can affect your everyday life.
Making a Living
One of the first ways that people notice the effect of their felony conviction on their lives is when it is time for them to get a job. If you have to complete an application, more than likely you will be asked if you have ever been arrested, and possibly also for what. While there are jobs that will hire you, even with a criminal record, if you want a job in finance or any field that requires security clearance, chances are your application will be denied.
Not only can your felony prevent you from being hired by certain employers, it can prevent you from being able to work for yourself, as well. If you want to acquire a professional license so you can work as an independent contractor or start your own business, you might find that there is a bit of pushback.
In order to become licensed, most professions require that you take certain exams as well as divulge any criminal history. Some of the professions where your felony could cause a problem are:
One of the great things about living in the United States is that many of the educational systems are free or offer some type of assistance, even up through higher education. Unfortunately, if you have been convicted of a felony, especially drug charges, you might not be eligible to receive any form of financial aid for your education.
Not only can a felony drug conviction disqualify you from being eligible to receive financial aid toward college tuition, but it can also hinder your chances of getting assistance with public housing. This would be included but not limited to Section 8, HUD programs, and any other type of government assisted housing programs. Furthermore, if you are living in a government assisted housing facility and are convicted of a felony after the fact, you can be subjected to eviction based on your crime.
Basically, any and all forms of assistance from the federal government, such as financial aid, housing, food stamps, etc., are typically off limits to those who have felonies. These restrictions, however, are typically mandated against people who have charges that are related to drugs or violent crimes.
No More Privacy
While this isn’t necessarily the case with all convicted felons, those who have been convicted of any sexual crime must submit their personal information to be uploaded on the sex offender registry. This registry is public and displays the person’s home address, full name, picture and much more.
Lose Your Civil Rights
Although every citizen in the United States has certain rights, some of those rights are forfeited whenever someone is convicted of a felony. A convicted felon can no longer vote, carry a firearm, enlist in the military and more, unless they have their rights restored. You can talk to a lawyer who specializes in expungements and request a free consultation.
While it is possible to have certain rights restored and even have your criminal record sealed or expunged, these processes can be quite lengthy and costly. Being convicted of any type of crime can stay with you and affect you for the rest of your life; therefore, getting convicted should be something that you avoid altogether if it’s not already too late.
When you get arrested by the police for a felony crime, remember that you have the right to remain silent. The reason why you should remain silent and avoid proving your innocence is because a simple misstatement can be used as evidence to jeopardize your defense. You also have a right to legal representation. Therefore, ensure that you contact your criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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