A criminal record can make it hard to get a job. It might also cause problems when looking to rent property. Felonies are even more serious, and they may make it impossible to work in certain fields or to vote.Continue Reading
Even after people leave prison or finish a probation sentence, their criminal records generally stick around. Most employers require applicants to list any crimes they have been convicted of, and landlords often do so as well. Those who have been convicted of a crime may have to take extra steps to encourage people to hire them or let them rent property.
Felonies are even more damaging. Convicted felons cannot hold a wide range of jobs, and those convicted of certain crimes may not be able to live near schools, parks or other areas. Felons are often stripped of the right to vote, and petitioning to have voting rights restored can be difficult.
There are ways to get some criminal records sealed or even expunged. Those who plead down to lesser charges often lobby for this, and prosecutors often accept. Relatively minor crimes are likely to be eligible for sealing or removal, but it may take some time. Professional help is often necessary to navigate the legal system.Learn more about Crime
Depending of the nature of the offense, as well as widely diverging local and state regulations that stipulate what kinds of jobs and where convicted felons are allowed to work, finding jobs is often much more difficult for convicted felons than for people with no criminal record. Although there are studies of employment patterns in small, local samples, there are not yet national statistics available.Full Answer >
A police blotter is a daily public record of arrests and other events, such as drug violations, that happen during any given police shift. Most cities place this information in a special section of a daily or weekly newspaper that features a police blotter.Full Answer >
An individual with a criminal history can clear his record through a process called expunging, or sealing the record. Applying for expungement typically involves filling out a form provided by the court with jurisdiction over the record.Full Answer >
The Lake County Sheriff's Office in Lake County, California, maintains a record of recent arrests on its website, which includes booking photographs, or mug shots. The system displays the inmate's full name, the arresting agency and the time booked. The office posts an inmate's information online once the booking process is complete.Full Answer >