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How Does a Criminal Record Affect Someone?

February 18, 2024

How Does a Criminal Record Affect Someone?

The implications of a criminal record can affect your ability to live a quality life. Even an arrest will show up on your criminal record, which can be seen by a potential employer. Additionally, you may be unable to attend a certain college, get your professional license renewed, and lose your right to vote.

Many past offenders seek to get their records expunged, but the process can be complicated and is not available for all crimes.

If an old conviction is still holding you back, it may be time to consult with a Nashville criminal defense lawyer.

Trouble Finding Employment

Most employers conduct background checks as part of the onboarding process. A conviction or arrest will come up on a background check, making employers inclined to hire another candidate for the position.

If a person post-conviction cannot find gainful employment, there is a higher risk of recidivism. An individual who cannot find a job will be unable to pay child support, pay for an apartment, and have the financial means to buy food or clothing. This can result in a person returning to prison, never being able to break the vicious cycle.

Trouble Getting Accepted into a College or University

As part of the application process, many colleges and universities are requiring students to list any convictions other than traffic infractions. The University of Tennessee has an Admissions Clearance Committee to review applications of those convicted of a crime.

If the Committee determines that the student poses no threat to public safety, then the Committee will allow the individual’s application to proceed forward.

If your application requires review by the Committee, then the chairperson may request more information before making a final decision. Many schools are not this kind, placing the applications of ex-convicts immediately in the “reject” pile.

Trouble Renewing a Professional License

A professional license is issued by the government, allowing a person to work in a certain field. In Tennessee, if you are a licensed contractor, you will be required to list any felony convictions when applying for or renewing a license. While a felony conviction does not prevent you from being issued a renewal, it can hinder the process.

If any discrepancies are found in your application or if you fail to provide information, your license renewal may be denied, or your current license may be revoked.

Losing the Right to Vote

Tennessee Constitution Article 4, §2 states that any person convicted of a felony will lose the right to vote. However, there may be circumstances in which you regain your suffrage rights. If your crime was expunged, then you are considered to not have a felony conviction.

It is common in many jurisdictions for ex-felons to lose their voting rights. However, it strips these individuals from playing a part in our democracy.

A Dedicated Nashville Criminal Defense Lawyer Near You

A conviction can take away your freedom now and in the future. While you may think that you will regain your freedom after serving time, this is not always the case. If you have been denied an opportunity due to a criminal history, we want to hear from you. Contact us today online or by calling 615-256-6666 to schedule your free, no-risk consultation.