A criminal charge can impact one’s life today and for years to come and should be averted at all costs.

Are you charged with a crime and wondering what impact it will have on your work and life? Read on to know how a criminal record can affect your employment, pocket, and your entire world.

TIME OFF WORK TO TESTIFY IN COURT

In order to determine if an accused person is guilty of a specific charge or charges, a criminal trial is held. If you are charged with a crime and need to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, you’ll need to miss work to testify. You’ll also have to take time off from work to prepare for the criminal trial and appear in the court.

LOSING YOUR JOB IS LIKE LOSING THE WORLD

Many employers will need a criminal record check before hiring or will have policies concerning their present employees, informing the employer about their criminal charges. Under the Human Rights Code, it’s unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the grounds of “record of offenses”, defined as:

10(1) “record of offenses” means a conviction for,

(a) an offense in respect of which a pardon has been granted under the Criminal Records Act (Canada) and has not been revoked, or

(b) an offense in respect of any provincial enactment.

Nevertheless, if the crime is related to your area of employment, you can be rejected for the job or terminated from employment. For instance, if the job is related to finance or sales and you are found guilty of theft, you can be fired on these justifiable grounds, or the employer can cancel a conditional letter of employment. But if there is no relationship between the job and the crime, even if the offense is severe, you cannot be denied employment based on your criminal record. For example, a history of spousal abuse has no relation to seeking work in a store.

LITIGATION FEES INVOLVED

A criminal trial requires the right preparation, which, in turn, requires you to get legal counsel. You will have to pay a premium to your attorney to represent you. And what would be the cost involved? Depends! How serious the crime is, the jurisdiction in which you’re charged, the past experience and present knowledge of the lawyer and the complexity of your criminal charges and the time and energy it will take to defend you.

HIRE A LAWYER

Speak to a lawyer as soon as you have been charged with a crime. There are multiple options for you to be able to receive legal counseling. An expert lawyer will explain the charges against you, provide you with legal options according to your situation, and even discuss sentencing possibilities if you are found guilty.

Would you like more information on this topic or need to talk to an expert about your case and require the best guidance to avoid facing the negative side of navigating a criminal charge? Call or send an email to Brian Walker Law Firm, PC to schedule a free consultation.