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Criminal conviction can harm employment opportunities

There are many ways that getting accused and subsequently convicted of a crime can affect one's life in Silver Spring, and perhaps one of the most basic ways is by impacting their livelihood. When someone who has been accused of a crime or a misdemeanor goes to apply for a job, they often have to submit to a background check, which will show their infraction on it. Even though legally a misdemeanor is considered a less serious crime than other types, when it comes to job prospects they are often treated the same way.

A misdemeanor, though a specific type of crime, is a crime nonetheless. Examples of this include vandalism, trespassing, public intoxication and disorderly conduct-this list demonstrates the crimes are not very serious in nature compared to other crimes. They are generally punishable by fines, up to a year in prison or even probation.

A felony crime on the other hand, is a more serious crime-examples include kidnapping, murder, embezzlement and rape. These crimes are punishable by lengthy prison sentences and in some states, even death sentences.

Background checks reveal records of these crimes and the classification of the crime and it is then an employer's discretion whether they want to employ the individual or not. This may make it harder for people who have been convicted of a misdemeanor to integrate back into normal life and earn their livelihood. This is one of the primary reasons people facing any type of criminal charges should consider consulting an experienced defense attorney for their criminal defense and fighting these charges aggressively from the onset.

Source:, "Crime vs. misdemeanor for background checks," Sara Melone, Accessed on Oct. 12, 2015

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