Serious Ramifications if Convicted
Of course, if you are convicted of a
crime it can have serious ramifications and your criminal
record can haunt you throughout your attempts to obtain employment
or other certifications. Having to write down on any type
of application that you have been convicted of a crime, especially
a felony, can be especially problematic.
A felony conviction also impacts your
constitutional rights such as the right to vote and carry
Thus, with the help of an attorney, every
effort must be made to try to obtain a result in any criminal
case that would place the client ultimately in a position
where there would be no record of any conviction, and even
better, that there would be no record of an arrest at all
and that all of those records be expunged. There are various
criminal procedure statutes available that allow attorneys
to work with prosecutors to try to obtain outcomes under certain
circumstances that would allow for a clean record eventually,
once probation and other requirements have been satisfied.
You must have an attorney in order to
take advantage of all of the statutory schemes and make certain
that your ability, if possible in your case, to maintain a
clean record is preserved.