Michael,* 23 years old and a father of two, had a criminal record that was preventing him from advancing in his job. When Michael was 18, he was hanging out with his friends at the park when the park bathroom was vandalized. After one of his friends confessed to vandalizing the bathroom, all of the young men, including Michael, were charged with vandalism and criminal trespass. Even though Michael had never been in trouble with the law before, the convictions prevented him from obtaining a management position at the restaurant where he worked. Legal aid successfully helped Michael seal his criminal record. As a result, he was able to obtain the restaurant management position; earn a higher salary; and better provide for his family. Thanks to legal aid, Michael turned a corner from being unable to advance in his job to achieving greater success.
*Name and photo have been changed to protect client privacy.