How Will a Drug Conviction on My Record Affect My Future?


As experienced Michigan drug crime attorneys, the talented team at Grabel & Associates know that having a drug conviction on your record can negatively impact many areas of your life, possibly for the rest of your life. Because potential employers, landlords and others frequently perform background checks, they have access to your criminal records. This essentially means that you may lose employment opportunities, student aid, or the privilege to choose where you want to live, among other things.

Additionally, a drug conviction on your record could potentially mean harsher sentencing if you are arrested and convicted of a criminal offense at a future date.

Drug Conviction and Employment Opportunities

Potential employers want to hire individuals they feel they can trust. While not every employer does so, the majority run a background check on individuals they are considering for a position within their companies. If an employer asks you whether you have a criminal record either on a job application or resume, never lie. A criminal conviction for a drug offense may prevent you from obtaining employment in certain industries including law enforcement, or in positions that involve children or require a professional license such as nursing, law, or commercial driving. A potential employer may review your criminal record in order to determine if the type of crime you were involved in will have any bearing on the position you are applying for.

Will Having a Drug Conviction on Your Record Affect Eligibility for a Loan?

Not only may you be refused when applying for a student loan, banks and other financial institutions may also deny a loan application due to a criminal record. You may be considered a high risk, as financing or loan companies want to know that the individuals they lend money to will repay the loan. This may affect your ability to get a car loan, house loan, and more.

Renting a Home May be Difficult Due to a Drug Conviction

If you intend to rent a home, you may have difficulty as most landlords will check a potential tenant's background to determine if he or she is trustworthy and stable. Not only will a criminal record containing a drug conviction cause a property owner to be suspicious, he or she may be uncomfortable with your ability to pay the rent.

Overall, having a drug conviction on your record can damage your reputation and make life difficult in general.

Hire a Capable Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Today

While having a drug conviction on your record will no doubt affect certain aspects of your life, there may be a way to have the conviction "expunged" or removed from your record. While this is not an option in some circumstances such as crimes in which the maximum punishment is life in prison, you may be eligible. Only an experienced and dedicated Michigan criminal defense attorney can determine whether this may be an opportunity you qualify for and want to pursue.

At Grabel & Associates we have a reputation for our outstanding record in obtaining positive results for clients accused of drug crimes. We are available 24/7. Contact us online today or at 1-800-342-7896


With Attorney's statewide, Grabel & Associates defend people accused of criminal charges throughout the state of Michigan including the communities of Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Pinconning, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Bay City, Saginaw, Brant, Traverse City, Ludington, Allegan, Hillsdale, Lapeer, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.