Whether you are building a career or have already established yourself in your desired occupation, a felony conviction will significantly impact your career and limit your future employment opportunities. A felony conviction will result in a criminal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life and limit your earning potential. That said, if you are facing a felony conviction, it is in your immediate interest to retain the legal services of a talented Camden County Criminal Defense Attorney who will vigorously fight for you. Please continue reading to learn how a felony conviction can impact your career.
How can a felony conviction negatively impact my career in New Jersey?
When an employee is convicted of a crime, especially a felony offense, employers require immediate termination. In most cases, loss of immediate employment is restricted to certain convictions directly related to the specific occupation or if the felony conviction is evidence of a serious moral issue. If your employer does not terminate your employment, you could lose your job because of the time you have to take off for legal proceedings and your sentencing.
Moreover, a felony conviction will hamper your ability to find a job with a higher earning potential, as many companies conduct background checks before they offer employment. With a background check, an employer can view any past criminal convictions. Although employers should hire workers based on their merits, they typically refrain from employing those with criminal convictions due to the stigma that assumes they have moral problems. Employers can fire employees if they do not disclose their criminal convictions on their application for misrepresentation. Additionally, certain felony convictions can exclude you from various professions. For instance, Unions often prohibit companies from hiring felons. It is critical to note that a felony conviction can also hinder your ability to obtain specific business licenses to work in certain professions.
Furthermore, if you are a convicted felon, you may not be able to obtain a college degree. During the application process, you have to disclose any prior criminal convictions. Sometimes, a university may reject an application based on the prospective student’s criminal history. However, even if they offer you admission, you may have difficulty obtaining financial aid. Those incarcerated in a federal or state institution are not eligible for federal student loans or a Federal Pell Grant. In today’s society, higher education improves your earning potential. That said, a felony conviction can limit your employment prospects and earning potential, as you may not be able to earn a college degree or acquire financial aid to attend a university.
If you are facing a felony conviction, contact the experienced legal team at Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC, today. Our firm is committed to preparing the most rigorous defense possible to help our clients avoid the severe consequences of a felony conviction.