While an arrest record or a criminal conviction can negatively impact anyone, if you are a student or if you are just beginning your career, your criminal record can especially limit the opportunities available to you in the future.
1. Financial Aid
If you have been convicted of a drug crime, even for minor drug possession, you are at risk of losing eligibility for federal financial aid. Given the high cost of undergraduate and/or graduate education, this could have disastrous consequences for those individuals that must rely on student loans to finance their education.
2. Higher Education
If you plan on pursuing an advanced degree, you may be focused on obtaining a high GPA, good test scores, and excellent recommendations. What you should be also be focusing on, however, is erasing your criminal arrest record. Almost all graduate school applications require you to disclose any arrests or convictions. Having a criminal record could mean that your spot in the class is given to another applicant.
3. Career Limitations
Many professional licenses, such as for doctors, lawyers, nurses, and plumbers, require that arrest records be disclosed to the licensing agency. Thus, having a criminal record can make it much harder or in certain cases impossible to enter those fields, especially if your offenses are drug or alcohol related.
4. Employment Consequences
Most states permit employers to ask job applicants about arrests and convictions. Having a criminal arrest record can make it much harder to secure a job, especially if you were charged with a felony offense. This is also true for federal positions requiring security clearances.
Affordable, Experienced New Jersey Expungement Lawyers
The bottom line is that having a criminal arrest record can cause significant future problems. You deserve better. Don’t let your criminal record hold you back. Contact the experienced New Jersey expungement lawyers at Katherine O’Brien Law today.
We handle expungements for the affordable rate of $895.00 (all inclusive). We also offer flexible payment plans and can get started working on your case with as little as $350.00 down.
Contact us today at 856-832-2482 for a free consultation.