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3 ways a misdemeanor conviction can limit your future

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Misdemeanors are generally less serious than felonies. However, even a misdemeanor conviction in Georgia can affect your life for a long time.

For instance, it can lead to struggles in finding a job.

1. Educational opportunities

Many educational institutions, including colleges and universities, conduct background checks on applicants. A misdemeanor on your record could raise concerns for admissions officers and decrease your chances of acceptance. Additionally, certain professional programs or licensing boards may have strict eligibility requirements. A misdemeanor conviction could jeopardize your chances of getting in a program or receiving a license.

2. Employment prospects

Many employers in Georgia conduct background checks as part of the hiring process. Even for positions that do not require a high level of security clearance, a misdemeanor can still be a red flag. It may lead to hesitation in hiring or even outright rejection of job applications. Furthermore, certain industries, such as health care or finance, have strict regulations regarding criminal backgrounds. If you try to hide your conviction when applying, it may not work. You might have to deal with many of the same problems.

3. Housing difficulties

Housing is another area where a misdemeanor conviction can limit your opportunities. Landlords and property management companies often conduct background checks on prospective tenants. A misdemeanor may raise concerns about your reliability or potential risk. It can lead to rejection of rental applications or higher security deposits. This can make it difficult to get stable housing, potentially leading to housing instability or homelessness.

Understanding the significance of a possible misdemeanor conviction can help people who may be treating charges lightly.