If you’re facing a felony conviction, you’re probably wondering how the charge will affect your life. Moving forward, a felony on your record will affect you in many different ways and cause you to make some changes to your lifestyle and plans because of the conviction. In this blog, we’ll discuss how a felony will affect you for the rest of your life and the only way that it can be erased from your permanent record. Facing a felony charge in New York? Pick up your phone now and call the team at The Law Offices of David I. Goldstein. Our hours are 24/7, so we’ll be able to take your call and willing to set up a consultation to discuss the next steps that are appropriate for your charge. Contact us immediately if you’re facing a conviction and need expert advice. We’re here for you!

Why Felony Records are Permanent

Felonies are the most serious of crimes and represent the highest form of conviction that a person can have on their personal record. Being formally charged and convicted of a felony takes a long time and involves arraignments, hearings, and trials. This is not just a quick decision and charge. It is carefully deliberated upon and considered before being passed down upon the individual. Because of the seriousness of this conviction and because it is the highest form of crime in the United States, a felony will remain on your record permanently. This means that any future landlord, employer, bank, lender, or law enforcement officer will be able to see the conviction and the crime that you’ve been convicted of.

A Felony Conviction and Employment

While most companies are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), they are legally able to run a background check on any potential employee to see any criminal convictions that are on his or her permanent record. Unfortunately, a felony conviction, especially for a violent crime, may sway an employer and cause him or her to rescind the job offer. A felony conviction is concerning to certain employers and while the potential employee may have completely changed and is perfectly qualified for the position, it may cause him or her to miss out on opportunities. Criminal records are considered public information but must be requested by the employer and you must give consent for the record to be viewed.

Expungement

The only way that you can have a felony conviction erased from your record is to have it expunged. Expungements vary from state to state, but are extremely difficult to obtain and take years to be finalized. Unfortunately, in the state of New York, you can’t expunge a criminal record. However, you are able to seal it, which means that it will no longer be available to the public. It will be available to be viewed by certain employers and individuals who have the right to see it. There are certain conditions that must be met for a judge to seal a felony record, and as you can tell, it’s an extremely involved and complex process to follow if you do want to seal your criminal record.

How a Felony Will Affect Your Life

Once you’re convicted of a felony, you’ll lost certain rights, such as:

  • Voting privileges
  • Holding public office
  • Cannot legally obtain or own a firearm
  • Cannot be a teacher, work with child, or hold a security job
  • Parenting rights can be taken away in certain cases
  • Cannot enter certain countries or obtain a passport

These stipulations differ from state to state, so it’s important know how they change if you choose to move or relocate after a felony conviction. As you can tell, a felony conviction will affect your life choices and style, as well as your family’s. A felony charge is overwhelming and extremely serious. No matter if it’s day or night, contact The Law Offices of David I. Goldstein if you’re facing a possible felony conviction in New York and need legal assistance. Our team is experienced and will fight with you and for you so that the best possible outcome can be achieved for your case. Don’t face a felony charge alone! Give our office a call now!