A criminal conviction can have life changing effects. When a person is applying for a job, years later that criminal charge is still on their record. When you’re applying for a home loan, it can come up. As simply a member of society, having a criminal conviction taints you for the rest of your life and if there is an opportunity to protect you and prevent that life changing event, it’s important to try to take advantage of that. Whether it’s a minor charge or a major charge, it’s always more important to attempt to defend yourself and to do so with an experienced attorney. This isn’t a question of morally right and wrong, it’s simply a matter of how our world and our society works. It can have immigration consequences, employment consequences, and other consequences for things far beyond simply, “Am I going to jail or not?” Even if you avoid jail, that doesn’t mean you’ve now avoided future problems. It’s extremely important to take criminal convictions and criminal charges seriously and hire the right lawyer.
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