Criminal charges are never good news. No matter how minor the alleged offense, being the subject of a criminal investigation can have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life, your reputation and even your home environment. This in turn can put you under great emotional stress, which can in turn have a negative effect on your work and family life. Unfortunately, once you have been charged with a crime, it could still be a long time before the case is settled. All you can do is work toward getting your name cleared.