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Nov 13

5 “Minor” Crimes that Can Kill Your Career and Your Future Employment Opportunities

minor crimesWe are all human, which means that we are going to make mistakes at some point in time. The problem is that as we grow older, some of these dumb things that we do can have a huge impact on your lives, even if they aren’t very serious in our own minds. Some things we do seem minor at the time, but they can have major consequences. Many things will not only make you face fines and possible prison time, but many of these “minor” crimes can have a negative impact on your career, possibly putting a black mark on your record that you will need to live with for the rest of your life. Here is a quick look at a few crimes that may seem innocent enough, but they could have enormous ramifications.

 

Annoying Phone Calls

It would be easy to get into a running argument with the ‘ex’ or a neighbor and suddenly find yourself arrested for making phone calls. It seemed like venting, or possibly you were just desperate, but making repeated call to a person that has told you to stop could end up with you serving up to 6 months in a county jail or you could be forced to pay a $1,000 fine. Besides these heavy consequences, what will your employers think about your conduct? They sure won’t trust you around other employees, much less customers.

 

Indecent Exposure

It could start with a dare to ‘flash’ at the football game and end with a sprint across the field. All of your high school buddies thought that it was the most epic moment of your life, that is until the hangover begins and you find yourself in prison. Spending 6 months in jail and paying $1,000 fine seems really steep for such an innocent act, that is until you learn you’d become registered as a lifetime sex offender. Who will ever hire you? Where will you live? What about school? This simple crime will not only destroy your career, it could ruin the rest of your life.

 

Animal Abuse

Dogfights aren’t for everyone, but you get talked into going. It’s grungy and you wish you hadn’t come. You hate seeing these animals hurt each other, and you feel the anger rising in your gut at your so called “friends” for dragging you to this cruel form of entertainment. Then the police show up and you really wish you hadn’t come. You could spend one year in jail and pay $5,000 just for being present at a dog fight. That’s right, you don’t even have to participate, and you could have hated it, but it doesn’t matter since you were still present. Any employer will look on this conduct as being irresponsible and reckless, especially if they happen to have a dog or love animals.

 

Vandalism

Someone bad mouths you at work, or perhaps your neighbor has been intruding on your property with their yard work, not to mention the crude remarks that they are making to your spouse. Now, you may think that you are justified to go and break their annoying iPod dock, or maybe it gives you a sense of pleasure to smash their mailbox. I wouldn’t blame your for doing these things, but the police won’t hesitate to lay some heavy charges on your record. The penalties start at 6 months in jail and 1 year suspended license. So how are you going to explain that one to your current boss or any future employer, especially if you are expected to work around other people that may do things that you don’t like.

 

DUI/DWI

Getting a DUI/DWI can tank your life and career. You get stopped for a traffic violation and suddenly you’re handcuffed in the back of the police car. What is going on? You only had a couple drinks with your buddies down at the bar, and you definitely don’t feel drunk. Well, you can get arrested and face a DUI/DWI charge if your blood alcohol content is about 0.8. The penalties are heavy: 6 months in jail, 3-5 years probation, up to a $1,000 fine, a 3 month alcohol program, and 6 months suspended license. So, not only are you going to lose your job, how are you planning on getting to any future places of employment, and who will hire you if you are expected to drive anywhere while on the job? In order to get out of this one, you are going to need a strong DUI defense in Escondido, CA.

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