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What Are the Consequences of Having a Criminal Record?

There are few things worst than obtaining a criminal record. Unfortunately, having a criminal record can affect you for the rest of your life. Please continue reading and speak with our Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about the consequences of obtaining a criminal record and how our firm can help you fight those consequences. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens if I receive a criminal record?

As you know, criminal records have a wide array of impacts on an individual’s life. In many cases, obtaining a criminal record will prevent you from obtaining a job. Generally, when applying for a job, employers will conduct background searches, meaning they will look to ensure that you have never been convicted of a crime in the past. While many people try to check “no” in the box that asks if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime, a background check will disprove this. Furthermore, if you are looking to obtain a commercial driver’s license, there is a very good chance that having a previous DUI on your record will significantly reduce your chances of obtaining such a license.

In other cases, if you are a parent and you are convicted of a crime, especially if that crime sends you away to jail, there is a very good chance that having this crime on your record will affect your child custody agreement, especially if the crime was one of violence, such as domestic violence. Additionally, if you’ve been convicted of a drug crime, it may also affect your custody agreement, as your former spouse could argue that you have a drug problem, thereby making you an unfit parent. In many cases, having a criminal record will also increase the likelihood of you facing harsher penalties in any future criminal cases, as NY courts look down on repeat offenders. Finally, if you are an illegal alien in this country, obtaining a criminal record may even result in your deportation. These are just some of the long-term consequences you may face for obtaining a criminal record.

Can I have my criminal record expunged?

Certain crimes are ineligible for expungement. However, certain crimes are. If you are looking to have your criminal record expunged, you will have to speak with our New York criminal defense attorney today.


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.

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