Long after you serve your time and pay your fines,
your record will continue to haunt you.
It will make it difficult to get a job, an apartment,
a license, a loan, and government benefits.
It will even stop you at the Canadian border and others.
The true punishment of any criminal
conviction is not the sentence, it's the criminal
record. At some point, the probation
will be over but you will never outlive
EMPLOYERS WILL USE IT
In many states, you can be denied
employment for no other reason than
a criminal conviction.
OTHERS WILL USE IT AGAINST THEM
Your employer may have more to lose
than you over a prior conviction. At
least twenty eight states hold
employers liable for negligent hiring
and retention. Failing to perform
background checks can be a significant
EMPLOYERS CAN SHARE YOUR RECORD
Some states allow employers to pass
your criminal record on to other
employers. These laws make them immune
from any claim of invasion of privacy or
EDUCATION, CHILDCARE & HEALTHCARE
Most states have a legal duty to
disclose criminal information on
any employee, contractor, or volunteer
who has access to children, disabled
persons, or vulnerable adults. These
laws impose a special obligation on
employers to access and consider this
THE CANADIAN BORDER
Anyone who has traveled into
Canada since 9/11 should have noticed
big changes at the border. No one gets
in without identification, more
cars are searched and more
background checks are run.
A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY
Canada's Immigration Act excludes
individuals who "pose a threat to
public health, safety, order and
This list includes all felony convictions,
many misdemeanors, including DUI,
and other criminal acts whether or not
there was a conviction .
CLEARING YOUR RECORD IN THE
U.S. WILL NOT CLEAR YOUR RECORD IN CANADA
Even if you clear your record in the
U.S., you must still seek special permission
to enter Canada.
For more details, see our companion site
Click here to find out
how to clear your record.
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