Will Having a Criminal Record Hurt My Life in General?
You may think that when you complete your sentence for a criminal conviction that you can put the mistake behind you and move on with your life. However, when you are convicted of a crime, that conviction is added to a permanent record that may become available to future employers, colleges, landlords, and others. When you are completing an application that asks if you have been convicted of a crime, you must answer honestly. Some applications only ask if you have been convicted of a felony; however, you may encounter situations where you must disclose misdemeanor convictions.
A criminal record can have a serious impact on your future. Unless your conviction has been sealed, overturned, or expunged, a criminal conviction can follow you for the rest of your life.
The Negative Consequences of a Criminal Record
In addition to the potential for fines, jail time, probation, and other punishments, being convicted of a crime creates a criminal record. Your criminal record can have negative consequences for your future including:
- Limiting where you can live (e. convictions for sexual offenses);
- Right to possess a firearm or carry a concealed weapon is prohibited for felony convictions;
- Ability to obtain a liquor license for a business;
- Stiffer penalties for subsequent convictions;
- Enlist in the military;
- Obtaining loans from some financial institutions;
- Enrolling in college and obtaining financial aid for college;
- Obtaining various business licenses;
- Being hired for certain jobs; and,
- Rent or lease a house, apartment, or condominium.
Depending on the crime or crimes on your record, you could also face other negative consequences. Working with an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney is the best step you can take to mitigate the damage a criminal charge can do to your future.
What is Included in My Criminal Record?
In Michigan, the Criminal Justice Information Center maintains criminal records. Information that is included in your criminal record includes:
- Misdemeanor convictions
- Felony arrests and convictions
- Your name and any aliases you have used in the past
- Age and general physical description, including any tattoos
- Mug shots