While it can be intimidating and overwhelming, it’s important to recognize that effects of a criminal conviction don’t stop after the conviction or even after you fulfill your penalties. Instead, they last a lifetime. A conviction can change many parts of your life.

Employment

While employers are restricted on some questions they can ask about criminal records in Oregon, that doesn’t mean that a record will not affect your job opportunities. Employers still have the right to run a background check or ask about a criminal record in a job interview. Many positions that require a license, like childcare, teaching and law enforcement are off-limits to those with felonies.

Housing

Housing is another area in which your criminal record could have an impact. Property owners can refuse to rent to you because of a conviction.

Education

Your education will likely take a hit as well. Colleges can refuse your acceptance or may face penalties from your university if you are already in school. They can enforce suspension, probation or even expulsion. Similarly, it may be more difficult to get financial aid with a criminal record.

Parental rights

Having a criminal record, especially for charges that could potentially put children at risk, like those involving drugs or drunk driving, can have a big impact on your rights as a parent. It can be a big obstacle against you in custody battles.

You may be able to alleviate some of these challenges by pursuing post-conviction relief, including expunging convictions from your criminal record. You can also consider appealing a conviction or post-conviction ruling. These options may be able to help set you up with less challenges after a conviction.