Even though your criminal charges and their legal consequences are far behind you, you may still be struggling with the collateral consequences of the charges. When a conviction interferes with your life, expunging the charges from your record offers a chance of clearing your record and getting your life back, but the process of earning expungement may not be worth the effort. If you are considering pursuing an expungement, here are some benefits:
Applying for jobs with confidence
Too many employers require applicants to confirm whether or not they have a criminal conviction on their record. Unfortunately for many potential jobs, answering “yes” to that question can mean not gaining a job that you are qualified for. Expunging the charges from your record can mean getting the job you deserve.
Being able to vote
A conviction for federal charges or other serious crimes can mean losing your right to vote. Voting grants us the opportunity to influence our local and national government, and expungement can allow us to vote again.
For many people with a criminal conviction on their record, they are unable to pursue higher education because they cannot gain any government loans. Clearing your record can grant you a second chance to gain a degree and advance your career.
Owning or renting a home
Whether applying to rent a place or trying to secure a loan to buy a home, a conviction on your record can be the reason you do not secure a place that you can call your own. Thankfully, clearing your name can make the difference in whether you can build a home.
Do not give up on your future
There are many reasons to pursue expunging your record. All it takes is a quick consultation with a skilled attorney to confirm if you are eligible and what you need to do to get started. If you are considering clearing your record, keep in mind that there are many benefits that can come from this decision.