It is possible for a criminal record to impact individuals in a number of ways including long-term effects on their livelihood and future. It is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing criminal charges. We understand the weight that these charges will have on your future. Continue reading to learn the consequences of a criminal record and the ways that they may impact your future. Plus, learn if you can have your record erased in Connecticut.
How can a criminal record impact my future?
A criminal record can affect a person’s livelihood and future in many ways. The following are some of the most common consequences of a criminal record that may follow an individual for years:
- Ability to get a job: It is common for a criminal record to limit the opportunity for a person to get a job. This may limit the types of jobs a person can get when they are required to disclose that they were convicted of a crime on an application. Employers also conduct background checks which can result in disqualification if a person was to be dishonest and check “no” on their application. Employees who are convicted of a crime may also be fired as a result of their record.
- Immigration status: Foreign individuals who have a criminal record can be deported or prevented from becoming a citizen.
- Child custody: A former spouse and the court may use a criminal record against their spouse to prove they are an unfit parent or a danger to their child.
Can I have my criminal record erased?
Some individuals with records can have their criminal offense expunged from their record in Connecticut. The Connecticut law allows the expungement of arrest records, criminal charges, and convictions. Individuals with juvenile crime records can file a Petition for Erasure with the court to have their records expunged.
Adult convictions may be eligible for expungement, also known as an absolute pardon, which is typically expunged automatically once the appeal deadlines expire.
Individuals can file a Petition for Erasure to receive an expungement if they were convicted of a crime that was later decriminalized. The Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles can pardon a felony or misdemeanor conviction after the following waiting periods: Three years for a misdemeanor conviction & five years for a felony conviction.
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