The Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
The direct consequences of a criminal conviction, such as fines, jail time, a prison sentence, community service, or probation, are usually obvious. However a criminal conviction for a misdemeanor or felony often results in other consequences, sometimes referred to as "collateral consequences," that are not as well known but sometimes more harmful and lasting than the original sentence. The collateral consequences of a criminal conviction are not sanctions imposed by a judge or the sentencing court. Collateral consequences are the negative effects stemming from a criminal conviction. Collateral consequences vary widely depending on the type of crime involved and circumstances of a case. Some examples of collateral consequences include:
Administrative license suspensions
Adverse employment consequences including, but not limited to:
job loss, or
denied employment applications
Denial or revocation of a professional or occupational license
Deportation or exclusion of non-citizens and related immigration concerns
Disciplinary proceedings including suspension and expulsion hearings
Loss of the right to vote
Loss of educational opportunities
Loss of right to possess firearms
Determining the potential collateral consequences a criminal conviction is an important consideration in every case. The Law Office of Paul Courtright, P.A. understands these concerns. We also understand the process of sealing and expungement of a criminal record, a process that clears criminal arrest information from a person's record, which may be available under certain circumstances. This process may apply to most misdemeanors and some minor felony cases, both adult and juvenile offenses.
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