The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all. Unfortunately, aside from the obvious health concerns posed by the virus, business owners are also feeling the effects of the virus. Because of this, the government has recently created the Paycheck Protection Program to give small businesses the financial relief they need to continue paying their employees and keep their business running.
This is all well and good for those who have been able to secure these loans, however, not all small business owners have qualified. This has been unsettling, to say the least, for many. A disconcerting subsection of this problem has to do with small business owners who have criminal records. If someone has a criminal record, it can become very difficult for them to obtain satisfactory employment for years, or even for the rest of their lives.
Because of this, many people who obtain criminal records will instead look to start their own businesses. Unfortunately, one of the main qualifiers for receiving a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program is having a clean record. In fact, when applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, individuals are asked if they’ve had a guilty plea, a felony conviction, a pretrial diversion program, or have been placed on any type of parole or probation in the past five years. If you answer yes to this question, there is a very good chance you will be denied access to the program.
Many formerly incarcerated individuals and those with criminal records have either been denied or simply have not heard back. This is just one of the reasons why if you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney who can fight, tooth, and nail, to preserve your rights. Attorney Conway is here to help you through every step of the process ahead–all you have to do is ask.
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.