A criminal conviction can affect finding a new job or getting an apartment. Even criminal charges without a conviction can haunt you as you try to move forward with your life. One way to put the past behind you is to take the necessary steps to have your record expunged.
There is no doubt that people who are convicted of or plead guilty to criminal charges are facing some serious penalties, especially here in the U.S. Besides the fines, community service and sex offender registration requirements that can come with a criminal conviction, you are also likely looking at incarceration.
Due in no small part to our state's very tough marijuana possession laws, thousands of people face misdemeanor or felony-level drug charges in Florida every year. Many of those people aren't even residents, but are tourists that come to the state for spring break or to bask on our beaches.
Employment applications and professional licensing applications almost always ask whether you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. This is when that mistake you made in your early 20s can come back to haunt your professional job search. What can you do?