Perhaps there is a felony conviction somewhere in your past. You’ve done time for the felony you committed, and now you want to start fresh. Unfortunately, in the society we live in, the reality is that something like a criminal conviction follows you everywhere, even if it is just a misdemeanor. You may not think it’s worth the time, money and effort to get your record expunged. If that’s true, here are seven reasons why you will want to reconsider.
A clean criminal record can make the difference in your life in multiple areas whether it is getting a job, traveling, or even custody of your kids. If you don’t want the skeletons in the closest to come back to bite, you should learn the benefits of expunging a criminal record.
1. Getting a Job
When applying for a job, there is a pesky box that you will have to check if you have a conviction of a felony on your record. Checking the box always creates an awkward situation for the individual with the history and the possible employer. They can either answer truthfully and risk not getting the job, or lie and risk possibly get in trouble with the law. If your record is expunged then there will be no awkward moment because you can check “no” and it is the truth.
Being able to go into the polling location and vote for laws that will ultimately affect your life is a privilege and a great honor. Most countries don’t have the freedom that the United States has to vote. By having a criminal record, those rights are taken away from you for the rest of your life. If you expunge your records, it becomes possible to vote again on essential topics in your community and country.
3. Getting a Loan
Some loan agencies think that a criminal conviction is an indication that someone is less likely to meet their financial obligations. That means you may be facing prohibitive interest rates or be unable to get a loan at all. That means difficulty buying a car, a home, or paying for an education. Combine that with trouble getting a job, and you could be in a very tough situation.
4. Traveling Outside United States
Most don’t know that if you have a criminal record, you can’t travel out of the country. When a trip of a lifetime or even a job for work requires you to leave the country, you will have to sit it out due to your record. If you get your record expunged, then you can travel all over the world with no care in the world.
Have you ever considered adopting a child? Do you want to adopt one right now? If you do, you may want to look into getting your record expunged. 15 states currently make it illegal for someone with a criminal record to adopt children. You should keep in mind that most criminal convictions involving offenses against minors cannot be expunged. Talk to an attorney if in doubt of what can and cannot be expunged.
Some view family important on the list of things their life. If a family is important to you, then you may want to think about expunging your record because if it comes down to the custody of your children, you might find a problem. Criminal records can impede on the chances of your having custody rights with your children. If that is something you worry about, consider talking to an attorney about expanding your record.
7. Possessing a Gun
Here in Arkansas, we care a lot about guns and the ability to possess them. If owning a gun is something you want to be able to do still, then expunging your records needs to happen. Individuals with a record cannot legally own a gun, meaning you can either no own one or break the law to have one.
If all these reasons to seal your records do not convince you to talk to an attorney, read some of our other blogs.
For help with sealing details, call Bo Morton with Morton Law at 479-587-9988. Arkansas’s best Criminal Law Experts in Northwest Arkansas.