Employment: Most employers run background checks and decide based on the results whether or not to hire someone. Sensitive employers will have stricter rules about who they hire, but some employers as a rule might ignore applicants who have criminal records
Education: Colleges are starting to use background checks as a way to rule out candidates. Currently, more than 60% of colleges consider a criminal record when making admissions decisions. Be sure to answer all college application questions truthfully.
Financial Aid: Students with criminal convictions might face barriers to receiving federal financial aid. If your offense involved drug or sexual abuse, your eligibility for federal financial aid is in jeopardy.
Housing: As a general rule, landlords cannot refuse to rent or sell properties to those with criminal records. They can have specific policies that seek to protect the other tenants, though. This would include denying housing to those with violent criminal backgrounds. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has stated that making broad decisions not to do business with those who have criminal records is discriminatory.
Immigration Status: It is important to know how a criminal conviction will affect your immigration status. If you are convicted of an aggravated felony (murder, rape, trafficking of drugs or firearms, etc.), you will be deported and denied re-entry. Additionally, some courts will find repeat convictions (such as multiple DUIs), possession charges, and domestic violence worthy of deporting you. If your offense was not aggravated and did not involve drugs or domestic violence, you might be able to obtain a hardship waiver.