Most types of criminal offenses, from your minor traffic infraction to
the most serious and egregious felony or federal charge, will impose some
type of consequence. Laws are, after all, designed to enforce a standard
with which all citizens must comply. In the event that these standards
are broken, individuals risk the prospect of facing consequences for their
actions. When it comes to criminal law and criminal offenses, these consequences
can be severe and, in many respects, life-changing.
Criminal courts will hand down a number of a various criminal penalties
to individuals who have been convicted of a crime. Whether these penalties
include fines, terms of imprisonment, probation, or all of the above will
depend on the nature of an offense and one's criminal record. With
nearly all criminal convictions, however, there lurks the devastating
potential for future challenges.
While losing one's freedom, grappling with fines and fees, and dealing
with the restrictions of probation or driver's license penalties may
be no easy feat, enduring the long-term consequences posed by a criminal
conviction can be the largest and most difficult challenge convicted individuals
face. Having a criminal conviction on one's record is less than desirable,
not merely because it serves as a reminder of one's past mistakes,
but also because it can be viewed, and subsequently interpreted, by others
who have some say in your future well-being.
It is well known that prospective employers, schools, landlords, and others
who conduct background checks view criminal convictions as unsavory. How
deeply can a criminal record impact one's life, though? The answer
to this difficult question is simply: it depends. Criminal convictions
certainly do not provide any benefit to one's future. They can, in
fact, negatively impact your life by creating a host of barriers, restrictions,
and hurdles. In many respects, criminal convictions and a criminal record
are imposed exclusively by our society, by the people in positions of
power, and by our nation's current competiveness in a wide range of
Criminal Records & Employment
To create an example of these challenges created by a criminal conviction,
let's look at one of the most significant problems convicted offenders
face in the aftermath of a conviction: employment. Jobs, work, and employment
have become some of the most widely used terms floating around in recent
years. With a national economy that is struggling to gain solid footing
after one of the worst economic declines in U.S. history, competition
for jobs is at its peak. As such, employers often use background checks
to weed out less-than-favorable applicants.
Whether or not this is fair or the best approach to finding workers is
a question with much debate. Judging a book by its cover, as they say,
is never a good policy, yet it happens all the time to convicted offenders
who are looking for work. As unfortunate as it may be, employers will
view a person – often someone they have never met in person or observed
in action – on paper. If this paper is a criminal record showing
a criminal conviction or several convictions, they often cast it aside
in favor of others, even if that convicted individual is qualified and
capable and regardless of whether this individual has made great efforts
to put their past behind them and lead a productive, law-abiding life.
The problems convicted individuals face in the work force is extremely
pervasive and continually perpetuated throughout the country. It is, in
many ways, one of the largest barriers people face when attempting to
put their life back on track. In fact, numerous studies have found that
problems finding employment and stability in civic life are often at the
root of criminal recidivism – the term used to describe a convicted
individual's return to a life of crime and incarceration. As a result,
national efforts have been made to help convicted individuals transition
into society and find gainful employment.
Although the prospects of challenges after being convicted of a crime are
indeed real and are certainly cause for concern, they are not the end-all
when it comes to finding work and personal or financial stability. One's
charge and mentality and perhaps a bit of luck have much to do with that.
There is no denying the fact, however, that challenges and hurdles are
likely to exist, and that having a criminal conviction on one's record
is something that should warrant prompt and immediate consideration after
a criminal allegation.
If you or your loved one has recently been charged with any type of criminal
offense, The Hammer Law Firm, LLC wants you to know that our St. Louis
criminal defense attorneys have made it our mission to protect our clients'
futures. Having worked with so many clients and families throughout the
years, we know that when a client faces criminal allegations, there is
much at stake. We also know that in many cases, one's life may very
well be on the line. As such, we devote 100% of our collective experience,
extensive resources, and unswerving commitment to defending our clients
as aggressively, intelligently, and effectively as possible. If you would
like to learn more about avoiding the consequences of a criminal conviction,
or if you would like to discuss your case and the ways in which we can help,
contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC today.