Can a criminal record ruin your life?

A girl i know got arrested at 20 for accessory armed robbery. I told her her future is pretty much over. And she said.. no people make mistakes. I dont see it as a mistake i see it as character flaw and a choice u made. She is 25 now but she works at a customer made service making 10 dollars an hour.

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  • The specifics of the case matter, but all things considered, no her life isn’t over. It’s true that certain doors might be closed to her forever, but she can still find a good job and making a good living.

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    • i dont believe criminals should get a second chance in life. She hasn't changed a bit as she threathend to beat me up

  • yes, I got one due to self defence a few years back, while protecting my oldest son from an attacker... and from when I protected an ex (then fiancee) from an attacker a few years earlier...
    luckily i got a caution when I protected my ex, and they cautioned the attacker too but that was the first main nail in my career choice to become a copper
    the one where i got for protecting my son, the people who attacked hit me cos i wouldn't move, and they reported me even fabricated injuries which i know I wasn't responsible for as i never hit them, they also blackmailed witnesses who had left the room before the incident was supposed to have occurred into signing a statement, and 3 weeks later I got arrested and an ABH for something I hadn't done...
    so final nail in my career as a copper, plus made me dislike them even more after that...

    but it can effect other jobs as people assume you are trouble

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  • If she never went to court for the crime, it won't even appear on a public records search. Under the FCRA in the USA, one can only consider convictions less than 7 years in the past for pre-employment purposes. Many people are arrested for crimes they are never found guilty of. Arrest records, for that reason, can't be used to make an employment determination, and unless SHE tells them, it won't come up on a background check.

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    • she went to court... but she only got one week in prison

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    • well she can't get into the us

    • Oh, that's another story entirely. That's outside the US. Yeah, who knows how long that can effect her.

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  • Umm, it can and it can't. I believe in second chances. However, very few people get second chances and even fewer actually avail them and actually realize an regret what they do.
    Plus if you live in a country with a corrupted justice system, then it is hard to understand who was rightly vs who was wrongly jailed or so.
    You know like police bribery to hide evidence, judge getting bribe, and so on.
    But really depends upon the person

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  • No, it won't ruin her life. Not even close. Most likely it won't make any difference. It could keep her out of some jobs, but most would never even know.

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  • It can certainly make life harder and haunt you for your whole life but I wouldn't go so far as to say its ruined just because your career options are more limited.

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  • She can have problems but it doesn't mean that it is over. It's youth mistakes. She is an adult now and if she is good at her job, poeple can give her a shot to prove herself.

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    • well she basically threathend to beat me up

    • she basically manipulated a whole situation around just to get a chance to beat me up

  • Not completely... having a felony certainly makes things harder though.

    Having a felony suggests she's got some serious character flaws though.

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    • she stole money from a guy with two other men and one had a gun...

    • Probably gonna wind up in prison.

    • again?

  • Depends, but generally, having a criminal can make it harder to get a job, to travel, work with kids and elderly etc.

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  • For serious crimes, yes. Armed robbery is a serious crime.

    Personally, I believe she should have received mandatory 50 years for it.

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    • i also believe that. Its disgusting she got just one week in prison and then prohbation for 4 years...

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    • If someone downloads a child porn image, there is a mandatory 5 year prison sentence.

      Keep in mind, the actual act such a person does is to click a mouse. He has harmed no one, he has not threatened anyone with bodily harm, he has not stolen from anyone, he has not touched anyone. He just had to click.

      I am not saying child porn should be legalized, what I am saying is that the criminal justice system is severely screwed up when mouse clickers get 5 years and armed robbers get a week.

    • And then the mouse clicker has to register as a sex offender for life. (No sex is involved with his "crime").

  • Well most jobs do ask for a criminal background so ya possible

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  • It’s going to close doors for a lot of jobs, but there is opportunity to make a good living.

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  • She deserves what she got. screw criminals5

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  • You see her life is not ruined. She has a job

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    • yh but higher positions job won't give it to her

What Girls Said 4

  • I think you can get your record erased after 5 years if you want - I don't know how they do it though.

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  • Maybe not ruin it but having a record isn't easy, jobs look at that and might not hire you for your record despite taking an interest in you. Though she won't die or anything, she won't get off easy

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  • Yes, it's mostly ruined her life.

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  • it can definitely hurt

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