How a Criminal Conviction Can Impact Your Career
If you are facing criminal charges, your immediate concerns might be avoiding time in jail, fines, and other penalties imposed by the criminal court. While these are serious matters, you should also be aware of the possible effects that a criminal conviction can have on your job and career trajectory. These consequences can persist long after you complete a judge-ordered sentence, and they are a critical reason why you should aggressively defend against any charges with the help of the right Bedford criminal defense lawyer.
Losing your job – Many people who are convicted of crimes might lose their jobs for various reasons. First, if you have to spend time in jail, you cannot report to work, which will result in being fired. If your driver’s license is suspended due to a DWI conviction, and you have to drive as part of your job, you might not be able to work. Some employers simply have policies not to retain employees with criminal records.
Difficulty finding a job – Hiring employers often conduct background checks on applicants, and criminal convictions – even minor ones – can prevent you from getting hired. Some convictions will prevent you from working in certain fields. For example, a domestic abuse conviction can keep you from care-taking jobs.
Loss of a professional license – Most professional licensing boards take criminal convictions very seriously, and they will review whether you are fit to maintain your license following a conviction. Often, licenses are suspended or revoked, preventing you from working in your chosen career.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Bedford for Assistance
At the firm of Shawn P. Sweeney, Attorney at Law, we do everything we can to avoid convictions – and the long-term consequences of a conviction – for each and every client. Call 888.339.7628 or contact us online to learn more about how we can help in your case.