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What Are the Long-Term Consequences of a Criminal Record in California?

If you are someone who has either recently been charged with a crime or you’ve already been convicted of a crime, you’re most likely wondering about the potential penalties you may face, both in the short and long term. Unfortunately for those convicted of crimes, the consequences of that crime will extend far beyond the initial penalties of jail time, high fines, and more. This is why a) you should hire competent legal assistance if you are currently charged with a crime, and b) if you’ve already been convicted, you should understand the potential long-term ramifications of your conviction, as well as your options going forward. Please continue reading to learn more about the long-term consequences of a criminal record and how our Red Bluff criminal lawyer can help you fight them.

What are the long-term consequences of having a criminal record in California?

If you are found guilty of a crime, you will face various long-term consequences that can impact your life for years, if not permanently. Some of the long-term consequences of having a criminal record are as follows:

  • You may find it harder to get a job, as most employers will ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime and will run a background check on your record.
  • If you were convicted of a DUI, you will most likely lose your driver’s license for a matter of months or years.
  • A criminal record can make it more difficult to secure certain loans.
  • In some cases, a criminal record will prevent you from being able to rent certain places to live.
  • If you were convicted of a sex crime, you will most likely become a registered sex offender. This means the general public will know where you live, what you did, and more.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, a criminal record may warrant your deportation from the United States.
  • If you are convicted of a subsequent crime, you will most likely face harsher consequences, as you will be treated as a repeat offender.

As you can see, the long-term consequences of a criminal conviction are extremely serious. Fortunately, for some individuals found guilty of committing lower-level crimes, they may be eligible to have their records cleared. If you believe you’re one of them, or you’re currently facing criminal charges and would like to prevent the long-term burdens of a criminal record, do not hesitate to speak with our experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer today.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.