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Consequences of a Criminal Record

We live in a new world. The Internet now provides a permanent record for every small infraction, violation, misdemeanor, felony, sex offense, bankruptcy action, credit default, lawsuit, and all other types of legal documents. While some of these records will not exclude a person from a job automatically, a criminal record will. In an era where jobs are scarce, any type of online criminal record can prevent a person from finding a job for many years or for the rest of his life!

Even violations and misdemeanors may appear online and may result in loss of employment. Most jobs can fire an employee for immoral conduct or for a criminal arrest, even if the charge is minor. Many of the non-criminal charges—such as Disorderly Conduct, low-level Harassment, low-level Assault, and Indecent Exposure—can be searched online and can lead to consequences with employers.

A violent offense or a drug conviction can permanently ban a person from government services, housing, student loans, and other aspects of normal life. In New York, felonies will lead to lifelong consequences. A person will lose the right to vote and to work at most jobs.

Sex offenses lead to additional consequences and stigma. Most people listed as a Level 2 or 3 on the sex offender registry cannot find employment no matter the circumstances. I have seen white-collar professionals lose everything after a bad criminal attorney convinced them to plead guilty to a minor sex offense.
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