The “Little Known" Consequences of Guilty

Background check for jobs, renting an apartment, or volunteer work:

Many employers will not hire someone with a conviction, many landlords will not rent to someone with a conviction and many volunteer agencies will not work with someone with a conviction. Even being charged with a Domestic Violence offense can result in denial on a rental application, or an employment application.

License Suspension:

Certain crimes (i.e. DUI, Car Theft, Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide) can result in license suspension or license revocation.

Firearms:

Certain offenses result in the prohibition against firearms ownership. For instance, if you are convicted of a domestic violence assault you cannot possess a firearm. If you hunt, it would be illegal for you to hunt with a firearm.

Immigration:

If you are not a citizen, many convictions could result in deportation, exclusion from the US or denial of citizenship.

Sex Offender Registration:

A conviction for a sex offense will require sex offender registration. That means that a convicted sex offender has to report to the police where he is living. The police can put it on their sex offender website, tell neighbors and even report it in the news media. These laws are very complicated and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements can result in another felony and in many cases a new prison sentence. Offenders classified as level 2 or level 3 must report to the sheriff every 90 days.

Unable to Vote:

A convicted felon cannot vote until the court says that he or she can vote by restoring their civil rights.

College Financial Aid:

A drug conviction could prevent you from receiving federal financial aid if you are a college student. This could include such a small offense as misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Probation:

The court can impose probation (if a felony, the term is community custody) that requires a convicted person to comply with a probation officer’s directives and court imposed requirements and directives. As an example, if you are convicted of drunk driving, you face probation of five years. In addition, while under community custody, you lose the right to “privacy in your affairs.”

*This information is provided only as a general guideline, and is not intended to, and does not, constitute legal advice to the reader. This information is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship between the reader and myself. You must consult a lawyer for legal advice regarding specific facts and circumstances.

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