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How Does A Criminal Case Affect Your Professional Life?


When you get arrested on suspicion of a crime, you are wise to follow the instinct that tells you to exercise your right to remain silent and then calmly and privately discuss the situation with a criminal defense lawyer when you get the opportunity to do so.  Meanwhile, until you get the chance to talk to your lawyer, new worries keep flooding your mind about all the ways that the criminal case could negatively affect your life, whether or not you get convicted.  Will your employer fire you, and if so, will you be able to get another job with this criminal case on your record?  What if the media report on your case, and if they do, will people harass your family about it in person or online?  Even if your employer and your neighbors give you the benefit of the doubt, which events in your professional and personal life will you miss out on because of your pending case?  The answers to these questions vary on a case-by-case basis, but a Tampa criminal defense lawyer can help you get a successful resolution to your case and to minimize disruption while it is pending.

Employers Do Not Have to Follow the Same Standard of Due Process That the Courts Follow

The state cannot impose a punishment on you unless a jury has convicted you after a fair trial or you have entered a guilty plea by your own free choice and not because of coercion or deception.  Employers are not bound by the same standard of due process.  Businesses are concerned about the bottom line, and therefore about their reputations; therefore, they often fire employees who get accused of breaking the law, often before the employee is convicted, and sometimes before the employee even formally faces criminal charges.  You have the right to sue your employer for wrongful termination of employment if your employer fires you because of unfounded accusations.

As for future employment prospects, a felony conviction on your record can exclude you from certain professions.  Arrests appear on your record, but they do not automatically count against you the way that convictions do.  If you are able to get your charges dropped instead of taking a plea deal or going to trial, this is less damaging to your career.

Employment-Related Provisions of a Sentence

Judges may impose rules about employment as part of your sentence.  For example, if you get probation, the judge can order you to remain employed as one of the terms of your probation.  If you are convicted of a financial crime, the court may forbid you to work in the financial sector.  Likewise, if you get convicted of crimes against children, the court can forbid you to work in a job where you would be interacting with minors.

Contact Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Bryant Scriven

A criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid damage to your career if you are facing criminal charges.  Contact Scriven Law in Tampa, Florida to schedule a consultation.


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