How Will My Future be Affected by a Drug Conviction?
A drug conviction on your record can have permanent and lasting consequences that can impact the rest of your life. Employers, landlords and others perform background checks on individuals, and a mark on your record can impact your chances for employment, housing and student aid or loans. In addition, a drug conviction on your record could mean harsher sentencing for a future drug arrest or conviction.
Employment with a Drug Conviction
Many employers run background checks on individuals they are considering hiring. In addition, many employers ask on a job application if you have a criminal record. A drug crime or criminal conviction may prevent you from gaining a job or employment in certain fields such as law enforcement, nursing, law, commercial driving or positions involving children. An employer may review your record to judge if the type of crime you were involved in would impact the type of position you are applying for.
Loan Eligibility with a Drug Conviction
Student loans, banks and financial institutions may deny your loan application due to a criminal record. Often times these institutions will consider people with criminal records as high risk. This can impact your ability to drive (car or vehicle loan), your ability to obtain housing (home loan), or rent housing – many landlords conduct background checks, etc…
A drug conviction on your record can damage your record and reputation. In some cases, your case may be eligible for expungement. We can advise you about their availability in your situation. Only an experienced criminal defense attorney can determine whether this may be an opportunity that you may qualify for. Call or email us today for a free consultation and case review.
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