A criminal conviction in Michigan can have dire consequences. Unlike what most expect, the consequences of a conviction extend far beyond imprisonment and fines. Even if your sentence was deferred or you were only convicted for a minor offense, you could suffer the effects for the rest of your life. The sad reality for many people convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Michigan is that they are often unable to escape from the shadow of their criminal record. Despite having paid the price for their mistakes, most never really get the chance for a new beginning, with disappointment often being only a background check away. Indeed, a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, a nice apartment or seeing your kids. Even a juvenile adjudication can be an obstacle to earning certain professional qualifications that will help turn your life around.