The purpose of this short blog is to emphasize how important it can be to a person's future to effect some action to seal, remove, or set aside a criminal record. We keep hearing horror stories of someone not getting a job, or, in some cases, losing a job, or denied a promotion because of a criminal conviction. In some situations very minor offenses.
For example, even a class c misdemeanor (the level of a traffic ticket) can have very adverse significant ramifications on a person's life. For example, a person is convicted of simple assault involving a family member; it is possible that getting a later charge of class a assault could cause the latest case to be upgraded to a third degree felony because of the class c misdemeanor. Another example is a class c theft case; this could cause one to be rejected for a job (example one requiring running a cash register) eventho it is a very low level offense.
Another example: if a person is convicted of a felony, any type or level, it could cause him/her to lose the right to own a gun. A set aside of that conviction will restore that right.
Although some companies will not go back further than 7 years when doing back ground checks, some go back 20 years or more, based on the type of job being applied for. Some will even do another background check after you are on the job.
Another example is any case that even remotely seen as a sex case. For example, a couple could be making out in the back seat of a car. They could be charged and convicted of public lewdness, which sounds bad and no one wants on their record. If applying for a job as a high school coach, for example, it is doubtful that the person would be hired due to the sensitive position.
The thrust of this blog is to emphasize that if you have any type of conviction other than a traffic conviction, to call us and discuss the possible extraneous consequences and if and how the conviction can be removed or sealed (ie hidden) or maybe even a set aside of the conviction.
Don't hesitate to call us. We will courteously discuss your situation and make a determination on what, if any action, may be taken to seal, remove, or set aside the conviction. Steven Clary 972-722-0887