A conviction for a Washington Theft or Fraud crime can have serious long term consequences in addition to jail time, probation, and fines that you may not expect.
It is very important to speak with an experienced attorney before pleading guilty to any crime. An experience attorney can advise you fully about what potential consequences you are facing and help you make an informed decision about your case.
If convicted of a Washington Theft or Fraud crime, the following are some possible problems you will have to deal with in the future.
If you are not a United States Citizen, a conviction for a Washington theft or fraud crime can have significant immigration consequences - including making you deportable or excludable from the United States. This is true even if you are a legal permanent resident and have lived in the United States for a very long time.
If you are not a U.S. citizen it is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney and advise them of your immigration status. It is common for us to consult with an immigration attorney when representing clients who are not citizens to make sure we do not create unintended immigration problems for our clients.
Convictions for Washington theft or fraud cases would be considered "crimes of dishonestly" under the Rules of Evidence.
If you were required to testify in a criminal or civil matter in the future, such a conviction could be used by the opposing party to impeach (discredit) your testimony.
Theft and fraud related crimes are taken very seriously by prospective employers and could have a long term impact on your ability to find work.
Criminal history information is becoming easier and easier to find on the internet and more employers are using background checks to screen potential employees than ever before.
If you are convicted of a crime relating to theft or embezzlement from an employer, it may be a condition of your probation that you disclose the conviction to any future or current employers.
It is common for Washington landlords to do a criminal background check on potential renters.
It is not against the law for a landlord to deny an application for housing based on a criminal conviction.