Top 10 Reasons To Expunge Your Criminal Record
Date posted: 2011-01-22 03:37:21
1.) Obtaining Employment. With the current economic times, there
are fewer jobs in the workforce and much more applicants. With most
employers conducting thorough background checks, a criminal record
on your file would most likely place your resume or job application
in the bottom of the list or simply disregarded otherwise.
2.) Obtaining A State License. With a criminal history, obtaining
a state license including, nursing, contractor's, real estate, etc
can be difficult or even impossible.
3.) Obtaining Loans. Many financial institution lenders may
require that you divulge any criminal records you may have as a
security measure of their application procedures and risk
assessment. Given that you have a criminal history, you may possibly
end up paying higher interest rates, or even denied from obtaining a
4.) Eligibility For More Educational Opportunities. The majority
of colleges, grad schools and even vocational schools require that
you disclose your criminal record on your application. Again,
because of hard economic and competitive times having that mark on
your record can limit you in enrolling into the program of your
choice. Scholarships can be revoked from you due to your criminal
record. And if you are already enrolled, it is possible you can be
removed from the program.
5.) Guidelines For Eligibility On More Housing Opportunities.
There are two ways to look at this. First, Eligibility for
governmental housing assistance may not grant you with a criminal
record. Second, the private sector for housing are not obligated to
rent you with a criminal record. Unfortunately, there are no statues
preventing this kind of discrimination towards past “criminals.”
Many, if not all, landlords run some sort background check with
their potential tenants and having a criminal record where you want
or need to reside.
6.) Avoiding Sentence Enhancement. For most people, having one
criminal record is enough to teach them to stay away from such
troubles. But sometimes being at the wrong place at the wrong time
can get you back into another mess. If you have prior convictions,
that very record can be counted against you during the sentencing in
any of the similar crimes. Courts tend to go much easier on first
time offenders rather than repeat offenders.
7.) Member To A Professional Organization. Prior to allowing
individuals to join their organization, many of these professional
organizations conduct some sort of background check.
8.) Traveling Out Of The Country. Little do most individuals
know, Canada along with many other countries restrict entry with a
criminal record. This is not a new practice. Many countries deny
entry to their country even with misdemeanor charges. For example,
Did you know Canada does not allow people with even DUI or drug
9.) Attraction At First Glance. Because of the explosion of
information found on the internet and the rise of crimes from the
internet, more people are finding it essential to conduct a
background check on their potential dates. This is definitely a
spoiler for having dates, because you failed to tell them about your
criminal record that you wish you didn't have!
10.) Obtain Redemption To Your Self Respect. Most people who
truly know that the record was a lesson learned, feel embarrassed
that others might find their criminal records when a background
check is conducted. This would be the most important reason to
having your criminal records expunged!