The consequences of having a criminal record can be severe. Depending on the offence, it would likely impact employment, volunteering, travel, education, housing, public office, driving (particularly driving offences). With such an impact on everyday life and future possibilities finding the best criminal defence lawyer is essential. At Graham Walker Solicitors, we are aware of the impact a criminal record can have. This is why we have specialist lawyers in each practice area to ensure you receive the best care.
Your criminal record must be disclosed to employers until that conviction is spent. This can last several years after your imprisonment. You may have to undergo a DBS check for some jobs, especially when the job involves children or vulnerable people. Lying about your criminal record can land you in more trouble. Volunteering opportunities may also be limited if they are to do with children or vulnerable people. Explaining some details around your crime may lead to a more sympathetic approach; it is best to be transparent.
Employers are allowed to discriminate against applicants with an unspent criminal conviction no matter what the conviction is. Getting a lawyer who can fight your case is, therefore, the highest importance when you are facing an allegation of any crime.
Depending on the conviction, you may be evicted from your rented property. Mortgage providers also require a DBS check which must be complied with. If convicted of a sexual crime involving children, then you cannot live near schools or playgrounds.
Some convictions will prohibit some educational opportunities being followed. Depending on the offence, programmes involving health and social care or children may be limited. Clear policies on criminal convictions are usually listed on an educational establishments website, if not contact them by email.
Some countries may bar you from entering, depending on your criminal record. If you ever have plans to travel to a destination and you have a criminal record, it is best to check if you are eligible for travel.
Driving offences lead to higher insurance costs, which can make driving unaffordable for many. If you lose your license, then driving is not an option at all.
Call a criminal defence lawyer today
if you are facing an allegation of a criminal offence, you should contact us immediately. At Graham Walker Solicitors, our specialist lawyers will give you the defence you deserve and allow your future to be full of possibilities. You may be entitled to Scottish legal aid throughout criminal proceedings. This will give you the opportunity to potentially have expert criminal defence lawyers for free. Talk to us and we’ll explain your options.