As the beginning of a famous saying goes, "To err is human". As human beings, we are prone to mistakes and at times, those mistakes turn out to be illegal and then we find ourselves on the wrong side of the law. With a good lawyer, we can attempt to get out of this bind and in some cases, even succeed. In other cases, however, no matter how good the lawyer is, or how good your luck is, a conviction is just inevitable. When that happens, you automatically have a criminal record for the rest of your time on earth. These records can affect you in different ways. To further buttress this point, we will take a look at a few ways in which a criminal record can affect you.
To start off, your ability to make and earn a decent living when you regain your freedom is greatly hampered. Many employers can deny you employment primarily on the basis of your criminal record. It is not uncommon to meet an employer who actually cares about the details of the events that led to you having a criminal record. But that being said, there are companies with zero tolerance for convictions of any kind with the exception of some small traffic or perhaps drug possession crimes. When it comes to companies like this, a criminal record equals no job.
Renting an apartment can be a hassle sometimes. There are states where rental agencies are allowed to perform background checks on potential tenants. The appearance of a criminal record can be used as a basis for denying you rental of an apartment. While these laws are not overly common, in some larger cities and Conservative states, they can be observed. Going by this, it means, even if you do get a job, your criminal record from years ago, can prevent you from getting an apartment to help you change location because of the job.
It is allowed, in most states, for a lender to run a background check on a person in order to decide whether or not to give out a loan or a line of credit. In essence, you can be refused a car loan, business loan, mortgage e.t.c. There are banks that will not open a checking account on you, because of the criminal record with your name on it.
Volunteering is something people love to do, for various reasons, but having a criminal record will make many volunteer organizations not allow you work with them. They might not even accept donations from you. Most times, you will be unable to volunteer or work with many government agencies or volunteer to work as part of a political campaign or a civic action coalition.
Entry into certain countries may be refused and in cases where you are allowed, you may be restricted to just some cities. In some cases, your passport will indicate the fact that you have a criminal record. Of course, many countries don't do this, but more and more begin every year. If the intention is to request a work visa, then you should note that most North American and Western Europe countries will deny your request if the crime was a felony. There are more ways you can be affected by having a criminal record and none is in any way pleasant.