One of the most well-known tales in Greek mythology is the story of Sisyphus. According to legend, Sisyphus was a king who was punished by the gods. He was sentenced for all eternity to roll a large rock up a hill, only to watch it roll back down again. His very existence became one of ceaseless futility.
While the gods do not determine the fates of individuals in today's legal system, the punishments meted out can still have very long lasting effects. Circumstances and legal penalties can convene in such a way as to make a person's best efforts seem forever thwarted.
We would like to believe that if we are convicted of a crime, our punishments end after we have paid our debts through fines or jail time. But far too often a person's past record comes back to severely impact his or her present and future prospects.
A criminal conviction could result in a person becoming ineligible for certain kinds of jobs as well as educational opportunities. In other words, the very things that can help people make personal improvements may be taken out of their grasp. The effort to build a better life could feel like repeatedly pushing a rock up a hill, only to have it roll back down.
This is why if you are ever charged with a crime, forming a strong criminal defense can be so important. You are not just fighting to protect your immediate interests, but your long-term interests as well. The Steven J. Moore law firm has experience in defending clients against a wide variety of criminal charges. You can read about our services on this website.