Why should it matter to me if I have a criminal record?

There are important reasons why you should avoid having a criminal record, and that’s why it’s very important to have zealous representation in court.  Among other issues that arise if you have a criminal record, you might lose your license to be employed as a real estate broker, a nurse, a therapist, a hair dresser or any other professions for which New York State issues a license. And in some circumstances, a second offense and conviction can result in more severe penalties including a longer prison sentence and greater fines.