A criminal record can wreak havoc in your life, whether you have been only arrested or convicted. For instance, most landlords and employers will ask apartment seekers and job applicants whether they have been convicted before for a criminal offense. Hence, if the response is positive, landlords might not rent and employers might not hire. The good news is that, most of the time, people can get convictions, arrests or other penalties expunged from their record. This is where the expungement process comes into place.
What is Expungement?
This term refers to the process of clearing or completely eliminating a criminal record. Even if some portions of the record cannot be removed, expunging those you can is always a smart choice. If you were arrested as a juvenile, your record can be used against you, even after becoming an adult. Most people think that juvenile records are automatically expunged once an individual turns 18. Nothing could be further from the truth. A juvenile record can affect you long after you become an adult.
Should you have a Clean Record?
Definitely! Without a clean record, you won’t be able to find a decent job, obtain loans, rent an apartment, apply for a state license, join professional organizations or get peace of mind. Some of the benefits of getting your criminal record expunged include:
- More job opportunities: it is well known that very few employers are willing to hire candidates with past arrests. Speaking bluntly, they are afraid of these candidates and are also fearful that their partners will lose their trust in their company. This is why more than 80% of employers conduct background checks in order to find whether a potential employee has a criminal record. Take advantage of expungement and clear your record in order to find better job opportunities.
- Loans and college grants: with a clean record, you can get as many loans and college grants as you wish (there is a limit to that too). On the other hand, a juvenile record might stop you from getting that loan or grant you so desperately need.
- Join professional organizations: many well-famed organizations have the habit of conducting background checks before accepting a new member. If you want to become an important and influential member in one of these organizations, having your criminal record expunged becomes even more important.
If you live in Detroit, Michigan, and you need a criminal defense lawyer who can expunge your criminal record and help you capitalize on all of the benefits of having a clean record, do not hesitate to contact us today and we will take care of the rest.