Have you thought about the consequences of your criminal conviction?


Some people do not realise the effect that their criminal conviction can have on a number of aspects of their life.  To them, they only focus on the criminal sanctions that arise from their conduct. But what about the other consequences? These include the following:


Employment


Generally, employers will not employ a person with a criminal record, particularly if the offence involves elements of dishonesty.


If you wish to apply for a job with the government or in health, law or childcare, a police check will be required which will disclose your criminal record and may (likely) have implications on your job prospects in those specific industries.


Housing


Having a criminal record could hinder someone’s ability to obtain adequate housing in some situations. Generally, a landlord wants to know the background of potential tenants and may therefore wish to conduct a criminal check before signing a lease.


Travel


Many countries require individuals to disclose their conviction record at customs before being allowed entry.


The United States and the UK have a good character requirement for individuals applying for visas. You will be required to disclose any criminal convictions as part of the visa application process.


Canada is particularly harsh when it comes to criminal convictions. It requires you to disclose even the most minor criminal convictions.


The conviction, the nature and seriousness of the offence and when it occurred will all be considered.


Citizenship & Migration Status


An applicant for citizenship is required to let the Department of Home Affairs know if they have been found guilty in a court of law which has led to either imprisonment, a good behaviour bond or fine.


If convicted of a crime in Australia, the Department will consider whether the applicant is eligible to remain in Australia.  Conviction for a serious crime may result in an automatic cancellation of a current visa and immediate deportation to the applicant’s home country.


Visas can also be cancelled on ‘character grounds’ which doesn’t even require a conviction to have been recorded.


Insurance


A criminal conviction can affect someone’s chance of obtaining insurance, particularly if the offence is arson or fraud. Some insurance companies will charge higher premiums or refuse to cover people with criminal convictions.


It is important to be aware of the wide-reaching consequences that your actions may have on your life; some of these consequences can last a lifetime. For further information, please contact one of our friendly staff at Bambrick Legal today.

 

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