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3 ways an assault charge could affect a professional’s career

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Developing a professional career requires planning and commitment. Someone does not become an air traffic controller or a pharmacist on impulse. Those pursuing the best careers available typically need to secure specialized education and must meet certain legal standards to work in a particular profession.

Someone accused of assault or a similar violent crime in Ohio may come to realize that the allegations they face could do real damage to their career.

The negative attention of a trial

Criminal proceedings involving established and trusted professionals might make the local news. Even if local media outlets don’t pick up on the story, it could potentially gain traction on social media. Someone’s involvement in a high-profile story about criminal activity could draw unwanted attention to them as a professional or any company that employs them. That scrutiny could cost a company money and might lead to pressure to fire someone convicted of a crime.

The loss of professional licensing

Ohio requires that professionals in dozens of different careers obtain state licenses to do their jobs. Accountants, medical professionals and many others have to maintain a state license to work in a specific industry. Licensing boards typically conduct background checks when issuing or renewing licenses. They can deny licenses to those with criminal records. Someone convicted while they have a professional license could face disciplinary measures that could include the loss of their license.

Difficulty with career development

Many professionals no longer continue working with the same company for years. Instead, they seek out better jobs with different organizations as a way of advancing their careers. Having a criminal record can significantly limit someone’s opportunities for employment. Companies may choose other candidates when an applicant has a criminal record. Even those who stay at the same company may be subject to a criminal background check when they apply for a promotion. People may find that their careers stagnate even if they don’t lose their licensing or their jobs. They may even struggle to gain enrollment at educational institutions to complete continuing education requirements.

Assault charges imply a degree of volatility that may reflect poorly on an individual and their employer. The decision to fight against assault charges can potentially help someone to preserve their reputation and their career. As such, responding assertively to allegations of violent conduct may benefit professionals who want to continue developing their careers after an arrest in Ohio.


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