The effects of a criminal conviction can persist even after you have paid your fine or served your sentence.
If you are facing criminal charges, you might have questions about how a conviction could affect you, not only in the immediate future but for the rest of your life.
Can I still vote?
In Indiana, you generally lose the right to vote during your incarceration. However, if you have completed your sentence or are on parole or probation, you can register to vote again.
Can I find a place to live?
Fair housing laws protect renters and prospective homeowners from discrimination, but these laws do not prohibit landlords from performing background checks or taking criminal convictions into account.
Screening policies must be fair and non-discriminatory. Landlords can not deny you housing just for having a conviction; they must consider whether your conviction represents a risk to people or property.
Can I still get a job?
Finding work after a conviction can be challenging, depending on your field of work and the nature of the offense. Many employers are willing to hire applicants with convictions, but you may have difficulty finding work if your conviction is relevant to your chosen profession.
Can I prevent my conviction from showing up on a background check?
Depending on the details of your conviction, you may be eligible to have your record expunged under Indiana’s Second Chance Law. If you qualify, law enforcement officers and courts can access your criminal record, but it will not appear on background checks by landlords or employers.
If you have a conviction on your record, you have rights and resources available to help you return to a normal life. If you are currently facing criminal charges, you must be aware of the potential impact of a conviction.