This is the second post in my series on whether hiring a Phoenix criminal defense attorney is “worth it.” My last article provided an overview of issues which I will be addressing and stressed the need to take any criminal charge seriously, even if it is a misdemeanor. Unfortunately many people are accused of crimes and do not recognize the gravity of their situation. In this post I will address another important topic – how retaining a lawyer helps to protect your future career prospects. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Phoenix defendants can lose future job prospects if they are convicted
A criminal conviction can have a devastating impact on one’s future. This is true even if the defendant was charged with a misdemeanor. A conviction creates a permanent mark on your record and this will have to be disclosed during job interviews, background checks, and other situations in which a party may wish to inquire about your criminal history. This may disqualify you from decent employment as many companies will not consider someone with a record. You may also find it difficult to find housing as many landlords utilize background checks. Also, if you are stopped by police then the fact that you have a record will factor into their consideration of whether you have committed a new crime as well as their applying for a search warrant. For obvious reasons, these are serious ramifications which stem from even a “minor” conviction.
It is also important to understand that a criminal conviction can prevent you from obtaining or maintaining a professional license. Many professions potentially disqualify someone from holding a required license if they have a conviction. Examples of such professions include law, medicine, and more. I often assist Phoenix defendants with professional license defense due to the impact that a conviction can have on their future.
A criminal defense attorney can assist Phoenix residents in protecting their future job prospects
It is worth it to retain an attorney for criminal law matters as counsel can help you to consider the ramifications that the case will have on your future. Too often defendants enter into a guilty plea without fully recognizing the consequences of doing so. When you retain a lawyer you will be given information as to how a conviction will impact your future and whether you have a chance at fighting the charges. It is imperative that you contact counsel sooner rather than later.
In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.