Why? Any criminal conviction may hinder your ability to find employment and/or affect your credit. For example – some apartment complexes may not rent to people with criminal convictions (even a misdemeanor), and we all know people who cannot get a job because of a background check has revealed a prior offense. If this has happened to you see our section on EXPUNCTIONS.
That said, some misdemeanor offenses do not allow a person to non-disclose their record (or remove it from public view). An example would be DWI and Assault Family Violence.
In addition to that, Assault Family Violence carries with it an affirmative finding of family violence. What that means is – even if a defendant accepts a deferred probation they will always have that affirmative finding. Therefore, any future act of family violence will automatically be enhanced to a Third Degree Felony.