How Can Having a Criminal Record Affect My Life?

When someone is convicted of a crime, they risk far more than high fines and jail time. Criminal convictions go on your record, and if you have a criminal record, you can expect it to affect your life for many years to come. Please continue reading and speak with our Houston criminal defense attorneys to learn more about how a criminal record can impact your life and how we can prevent that from happening. Here are some of the questions you may have:

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

There are many different ramifications you may face throughout your life if you obtain a criminal record. For example, you may face the following:

  • If you have a criminal record, you will have to answer “yes” if you’ve been asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime when applying for a job. This can drastically reduce your chances of obtaining employment.
  • If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will have to register as a sex offender, which notifies the public of your crime, as well as your whereabouts at all times.
  • If you were convicted of a DUI offense, it will most likely prohibit you from obtaining a commercial driver’s license at any point.
  • Criminal convictions often prohibit individuals from serving in certain government jobs.
  • If you are a divorced parent, your criminal record may affect your child custody agreement, as the core of these agreements is to act in the best interests of your child. If you are found to violate that agreement in any way, you may lose custody of your child.
  • Some criminal convictions can prevent you from taking out certain loans.
  • Oftentimes, landlords will conduct a background check before renting out a property, and if you have a criminal record, you may not be able to live in certain places.

These are just some of the ways in which a criminal record may hinder you for years to come, and if you are someone who has been charged with a crime, you should seek the assistance of an experienced attorney as soon as you can.

Is there a way to have my criminal record cleared in Texas?

Fortunately, certain lower-level crimes do, in fact, qualify for expungement in Texas. If you believe you qualify for expungement, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable Texas criminal defense attorneys today. We are ready to assist you.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.