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Secondary consequences associated with having a criminal record

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Having a criminal record can lead to a range of secondary consequences that extend far beyond any formal initial legal penalties handed down by the courts. These consequences can affect various aspects of a person’s life, often for years after the completion of their sentence. 

By better understanding the potentially significant secondary consequences associated with having a criminal record, those who have been accused of wrongdoing can make more informed decisions about their defense strategies and broader approach to their circumstances. For example, it may be less tempting to plead guilty simply to “get a case over with” once it becomes clearer what pleading guilty will mean for one’s life moving forward. 

Challenges strongly associated with a criminal past

One of the most immediate and impactful consequences of a criminal record involves difficulty in securing employment. Many employers are hesitant to hire individuals with a criminal record, limiting job opportunities. This can lead to a cycle of unemployment or underemployment, significantly impacting a person’s ability to earn a living and achieve financial stability.

Similarly, securing housing can also be a challenge. Landlords often conduct background checks and may be unwilling to rent to someone with a criminal history. This can lead to housing instability, limiting access to safe and affordable housing options.

A criminal record can affect educational aspirations as well. Some colleges and universities may deny admission to applicants with a criminal history. Additionally, individuals with certain convictions may be ineligible for federal student aid, further hindering their educational opportunities.

Finally, the stigma associated with having a criminal record can affect personal relationships and social interactions. Individuals may experience isolation, strained family relationships and difficulty in forming new relationships due to the societal judgment attached to their criminal past.

These are just a few of the secondary consequences that may be inspired by a criminal conviction. And they are just a few of the reasons why those who have been accused of wrongdoing can benefit from exploring all of their defense options fully before landing on a plan of action concerning their charges. 

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