When has the debt to society been paid-in-full? Many people are aware of the anticipated consequences of a criminal conviction: jail time, probation, restitution, etc. These consequences are explained at the time of sentencing and are imposed by law. However, the collateral consequences of a conviction are less well known - often because they are UNKNOWN or not considered.
Criminal convictions can have negative effects and even disqualify someone from a number of opportunities, including housing and employment. The application process for each usually involves a criminal background check. A criminal history could also be used against you in custody matters, professional licensing, gun ownership, and even applying for government contracts and grants. Clearly, it is critical that you discuss all potential consequences of pleading or being found guilty with a competent attorney.
Luckily, there are options. You may be eligible for an expungement. If granted, expunged records should not appear on criminal background checks and some of the consequences discussed above may be avoided or minimized.
Contact Great Lakes Legal today, to discuss your pre- and post-convictions options!