Charged with a Misdemeanor? An Attorney Can Help Protect Your Reputation
Even though misdemeanors do not come with penalties that are as serious as felonies, there are still plenty of negative effects that a misdemeanor conviction could have on your life. Therefore, it’s just as important that you do everything possible to fight against these charges so that you can avoid some of their long-term consequences, which include:
- Damaged reputation. Some people in your community will likely have a drastically different opinion of you, should you be convicted of a misdemeanor. This could mean being shunned from local organizations, losing friends or even having your children bullied by other children aware of your crime.
- Difficulty finding employment. Many employers perform criminal background checks before they decide to hire an employee. If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, you might find it difficult to find employment, especially if you are seeking a government job or other positions with employers that are more sensitive to those issues. Your conviction essentially limits your job opportunities.
- Damaged political aspirations. If you are a public figure looking to run for office, a misdemeanor conviction could severely hamper your aspirations. Opponents will undoubtedly bring up your conviction, and voters will not be as likely to support you as a result.
- Inability to get loans or housing. Similar to how you must go through a background check when applying for some jobs, you may also have to go through the same processes when applying for loans or housing. This means that you might not be able to get the financing you need to make major purchases, simply because you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record.
You can help avoid these collateral consequences by working with an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney at the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. right away. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 813.379.2007 or contact us online today.