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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorney

The bad news is that misdemeanors and felonies remain on your criminal record permanently. In addition to heavy reparation fees and possible jail time, convictions on your criminal record will make securing a job or a loan for important projects even more difficult.

Luckily, there’s good news, too: your charges have to go through Douglas A. Boodt first. Over the course of nearly 20 years of unrivalled criminal defense in the states of Michigan and Illinois, Boodt has gained a courtroom reputation for aggressively defending his clients in numerous types of criminal cases. Seek the help you need in court, and contact Boodt today.


Consequences of Having a Criminal Record

You deserve to be aware of the risks involved in letting a conviction pass onto your criminal record and exactly how it affects various areas of your life. The most vital areas a conviction will affect you in is:


1. Finding a Job

When you have a criminal record, your ability to get a source of steady income is threatened. Even though job applications are beginning to omit asking questions about an applicant’s criminal record, 90% of employers conduct a background check at some point in the hiring process.

This is a problem because misdemeanors and felonies raise a red flag for many employers and can, in some cases, give them grounds to refuse to hire you, even before they learn anything about your work ethic and personality.


2. Increased Insurance Rates

Depending on the crime you are convicted of and its level of severity, your insurance rates may skyrocket, which, in combination with being unable to find a job, poses serious financial issues in a short amount of time. For example, a DUI misdemeanor can potentially double your car insurance rates for years, and without reliable income, paying these bills will become substantially harder.


3. Applying for a Loan

In order to apply for a bank loan, you need to prove that you are capable of paying back the borrowed money. This is usually proven through high credit score, good debt-to-income ratio, and a valid ID, in addition to multiple other factors. But even if you meet every requirement, when the bank discovers that you have a criminal record, the process becomes much more complex. You will need to go through more questioning, and if you pass those additional tests, the bank may still deny you on the basis of your conviction alone.

Don’t leave your criminal record at risk. Contact the Law Office of Douglas A. Boodt today.

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