Exactly how will this affect you?
Limitations of a Criminal Record
Having a criminal record, no matter how minor the infraction, can significantly affect your life in many important aspects. This includes looking for work, travelling out of the country and renting a home or apartment. With employers, realtors and rental agencies conducting background checks, your criminal record can make life difficult for you when all you want to do is get back on your feet.
Are You Thinking about Travelling to Another Country?
Having a criminal record can create some difficulties for you if you are planning on travelling abroad. Any stops in the US could become a nightmare if you don’t have proper documents with you and you could be refused entry. Contacting the embassy of your foreign destination is prudent to receive more details on how your criminal record will impact your travel plans.
Looking for a job or currently employed with a criminal record?
Many companies are doing background checks on potential employees to see if they have criminal records. Even if you have never been convicted, you still have a Criminal Record if you were charged, which could show up in an employer search result and negatively affect your hiring potential. If you are already an employee with a criminal record, some Provinces have laws in place to protect you as long as your crime did not affect the business in any way. Other provinces, on the other hand, don’t have laws protecting you.
Are you planning to rent a home or apartment?
Most apartment complexes or realtors will do criminal record checks if you are interested in renting out one of their properties. If you have a criminal record, this can affect where you want to live by forcing you to move to a less than ideal location.