Any person facing criminal charges should take their situation — and their defense — seriously. There are numerous consequences that a person could face if their case ends with a conviction, and these consequences continue after you fulfill the terms of a sentence, too.

For instance, after you have completed the terms of a criminal sentence, you can still struggle to get back on your feet because of the difficulty that comes with finding a job. However, this could be getting easier due to a growing demand for workers.

As this New York Times article notes, areas with very low unemployment rates have such stiff competition for workers that companies are less inclined to pass over workers because of factors like a criminal record.

In fact, the article discusses one man who got a job while he was still serving his prison sentence.

This could be welcoming news to anyone who already lives in an area with this kind of employment market, but not all areas have an exceptionally low unemployment rate. And it can be very difficult for a person to move after incarceration, especially if he or she must think about probation limitations.

However, the fact that more companies are willing to look past a criminal offense can be welcome news for those who struggle to get their life back on track after a conviction.

Understand, though, that finding a job is just one reason why it can difficult to move past a mistake, especially if that mistake results in federal charges. Criminal convictions and sentences can also damage a person’s emotional well-being and strain relationships. As such, it is important to take your right to work with an attorney to defend against criminal charges seriously. Failure to do so could leave you vulnerable to unnecessary penalties and damage to your future.