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Consequences of a Criminal Record

Consequences of a Criminal Record

Everyone makes mistakes. From accidentally running a red light to getting a DWI, we’ve all done something that we’re not proud of. But do you know the extent to which your criminal record will follow you throughout the rest of your life?

Criminal Record

Arrest Records Can Have Lasting Consequences

If you’ve been arrested, you know how embarrassing and distressing it can be to face the law and have to deal with the consequences of your actions. Having a record can hold you back in ways we’ll take a look at shortly. It’s important to note that the federal government takes criminal offences very seriously. Once you’ve been charged with a crime, that record is sent to the FBI database who’s responsibilities includes ensuring that these records are kept for 110 years.

In some cases, it’s possible to contest your record and have it expunged. However, this is a long and arduous process available to only those in specific circumstances.

Having a record can impact your life for a long time to come. Here are a couple of instances:

  1. Having a record will make it difficult for you to get an apartment.
  2. Having a record will also lock you out of certain forms of employment.
  3. In some cases, having a criminal record may limit your movements.
  4. Having a record can weigh heavy on your conscience, leading to emotional trauma.
  5. Many people with criminal records may also face ostracism from their families and communities.

Records Can Easily Be Accessed Online

These days, the internet has made it easier for people to find out if you have a record. A simple internet search can reveal past arrests, convictions, and more. All someone has to do is search for your name together with a choice of keywords or enter it into an online database. This can impact your reputation since these records are publicly available and may never go away.

Have a Record? 1-800-ATTORNEY May Be Able to Help!

The good news is that a criminal record shouldn’t have to ruin your life. With the help of a competent criminal attorney, you may be able to have your record sealed or expunged in accordance with the law. Call 1-800-ATTORNEY for your free consultation and an analysis of your case to see whether we can help you expunge your criminal record. We look forward to speaking with you.

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