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The potential impact of a conviction on a college career

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2023 | criminal defense

Entering college is an exciting time for young adults. However, a criminal conviction can cast a shadow over a student’s academic journey and future prospects.

Knowing the potential problems that a conviction can bring can help students avoid these consequences.

Academic consequences

According to the NCES, in 2020, college campuses reported a total of 21,200 crimes. Having a record of a felony can have severe consequences on a college student’s academic life. Many educational institutions have strict codes of conduct. A criminal conviction can lead to discipline. Suspension or expulsion is not uncommon.

Limited educational opportunities

Beyond immediate academic consequences, a felony on their record can limit a student’s access to various educational opportunities. Certain programs, internships or study abroad opportunities may require a background check, and a criminal record could serve as a roadblock, preventing participation in these enriching experiences.

Employment challenges

A crime on one’s record can have a lasting negative impact on a college graduate’s employment prospects. Many employers conduct background checks and a criminal record may prevent them from hiring an applicant.

Professional licensing hurdles

For careers in fields that require professional licenses, a felony conviction may result in the denial of a license. This hurdle can impede the realization of long-term career goals and aspirations.

Social and personal consequences

Additionally, a criminal record may strain relationships with peers, professors and friends. The stress and emotional toll of legal issues can impact a student’s mental health and well-being.

Understanding the potential consequences of a criminal conviction is important for every college student. By taking proactive steps, students can avoid these kinds of problems.

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