Criminal convictions in Ohio can negatively impact many areas of your life, including child custody, voting rights, driving and other privileges. For example, suppose you are employed or run a business. In that case, a criminal conviction could affect you in unique ways, like losing your business license, being fired from work, losing security clearances, having trouble securing a job or losing your business altogether.
You could lose your license
Many types of jobs require you to have a professional license to work. Doctors, lawyers, nurses, and other professionals are just a few examples. Unfortunately, you could lose your professional license if convicted of a crime. In some cases, you may be able to get your license back after serving your sentence, but this is not always the case.
You could get fired from your job
Some employers have a policy of firing employees convicted of crimes. The policy of firing is especially true if the offense is related to your job, such as embezzlement or fraud. However, even if your employer has no specific policy, they may still decide to fire you because of the criminal conviction.
You could have trouble getting a job
A criminal conviction can make it challenging to get a job, even if the conviction is not related to the position for which you are applying. Many employers run background checks on job applicants, and a criminal conviction could lead to your application getting rejected.
You could lose your security clearance
Specific jobs, such as those in the military or government, require a security clearance. Any criminal defense attorney will tell you that a minor criminal conviction can lead to your security clearance getting denied or revoked, and this could lead to you losing your job or reassignment.
You could lose your business
If you own a business, a criminal conviction could lead to the loss of your business. In some cases, the government may revoke your business license if you get convicted of a crime. Additionally, you may have trouble getting funding or insurance for your business if you have a criminal conviction.
If you are facing a criminal charge, the good news is that you have options. You can fight the charges and try to avoid a conviction, primarily if the charge is unrelated to your job. You can also negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea deal that would allow you to avoid a criminal conviction.