If you are convicted of a crime, no matter how big or small, you know that your life is going to be much different than you thought. The fines that you have to pay may really change your financial future. If you end up spending any amount of time in jail, it will really affect your outlook on life.
Even worse, you may lose your friends and family. Even if they stay close, they may look at you differently. You will probably also have to start over with your career because you most likely lost your job during this difficult time.
So, how can you move on after a misdemeanor charge? Here are some tips to help.
- Hire a lawyer to be on your side. The best way to move on from a criminal conviction is to hire an experienced lawyer to fight for you. Hopefully, your lawyer will be able to get the charges dropped, which allows you to fully move on from your mistake. If not, he or she will do everything that they can to get you the least amount of punishment possible. Then, once you are finished with them, you can move on.
- Take responsibility for your actions. In order to move on, you have to own up to your mistakes. You must acknowledge what you did something wrong. This is the first step to move on with your life.
- It may also be important to talk about it with your family and friends. This may also include listening to their thoughts and feelings (no matter how much it hurts). You may have to work hard to repair your relationship with them. Therapy with them might be an option so that you can fix your relationship.
- Accept the punishment that you are given. It is important that you accept what punishment you are given and follow through with everything that is required of you. Pay the fines that are needed, as quickly as possible. If you can’t afford them, talk to the courts to find an acceptable payment schedule. If you have jail time, be a model prisoner.
- If you get probation, make sure that you know exactly what is expected of you. If you don’t understand something, ask your probation officer. If you don’t keep appointments with your probation officer or don’t comply with the conditions of your probation, violating your probation can lead to time in jail.
- Don’t make excuses. Too many people get a criminal conviction and give up. However, you need to realize that people do forgive and move on. You might even find some great people who are willing to help you, no matter what you did. You should never let your conviction be an excuse for giving up on life.
Though a criminal conviction might seem like the end of the world, it is not. You will need to hire an experienced lawyer to help you through this difficult time. The better your lawyer, the more likely you will be able to get your case dismissed, your crime decreased, and even less punishment. If not, your life is in someone else’s hands.
Once you are convicted, you have to own up to it. Take your punishment and serve your time. Talk to your friends and family about it so that everyone can move on. If you have hurt people during this time, seek counseling and other help in order to repair these relationships. You will need your family and friends as you work hard to move on with your life!
Contact us for all of your legal needs. We will help you get through this difficult time so that you can move on after your charge.
Disclaimer: The content of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact Jennifer Speas to discuss the specifics of your case.