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A criminal conviction is something that can seriously affect your future in all sorts of ways. While being arrested and going to jail is a consequence in and of itself, the consequences of a criminal conviction don’t end once bail is posted. Depending on the severity of the conviction, the consequences can be equally as severe.

Below are three ways in which a criminal conviction can seriously affect your future.

Losing Your License

A criminal conviction can potentially result in you losing your driver’s license, more specifically if you are charged with a DWI or other similar offenses. In order to regain your license, you will be required to go through a lengthy process, which includes paying additional fees and costs to get it reinstated. How would losing your license impact your day-to-day? You wouldn’t be able to drive to work, to the grocery store, to take your children to and from school, and more.

Voting is Off Limits

Perhaps one of the most overlooked consequences of a serious criminal conviction is losing your right to be able to vote. In some states, those who are convicted of some offenses won’t be able to vote again until they complete their sentence, probation, or parole. Like many issues, this is something that varies depending on the state in which you reside, as each state has their own rules and regulations regarding this. 

Employment Issues

If you are employed and end up with a criminal conviction, you could end up not only losing your current job, but you could miss out on future job opportunities. Many employers perform criminal background checks prior to hiring someone, and there is a chance that you could get turned down from your dream job if it’s discovered that you have a felony or misdemeanor on your record.

If you’ve been arrested and are facing a criminal conviction, it’s of the upmost importance that you find a professional, reputable lawyer to help you fight your conviction, and potentially save your future.

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