Understanding The Consequences Of A Felony Conviction

While all criminal charges need to be taken seriously, the consequences of felony convictions are particularly severe. In addition to a potential lengthy prison sentence, a felony record can impact all other parts of your life. When there is this much on the line, it is important to protect your rights and your future with the help of experienced legal counsel.

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A Felony Conviction Will Follow You For Life

Felony charges are, by definition, more serious than misdemeanor criminal charges. They carry with them the possibility of a long prison sentence as well as other punishments, including a lengthy probation period, heavy fines, court-ordered restitution and community service.

There are also collateral consequences, which are adverse effects that are not part of a legal sentence. In other words, fines and prison time are considered to be part of your legal sentence. The loss of food stamps and public housing assistance are considered collateral consequences.

A criminal conviction will attract the attention of a complex network of federal and state agencies. This can have a negative impact on your eligibility for social services, professional licenses, housing, student loans, academic scholarships, immigration status and employment. You will also lose your right to vote and your right to possess firearms. A felony conviction can also have a negative impact on your parental rights both large and small, from the loss of child custody to being prohibited from accompanying your children on field trips.

Many of these consequences take effect automatically with no warning and last a lifetime. Any subsequent positive behaviors and accomplishments will not erase most of these consequences. That is why it is so important to understand both the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction or a guilty plea.

Protect Your Future With A Strong Legal Defense

Collateral consequences often come as a shock to people who are charged with a crime. Most individuals are not made aware of these consequences by either the judge or their attorney prior to accepting a plea deal. Oftentimes, the collateral consequences of a felony conviction prove to be worse than the legal outcome and can jeopardize your ability to provide for your family or to earn a living.

Do not put your entire future at risk. Our attorneys will thoroughly review the circumstances that have led to your criminal charges in an effort to build you the strongest possible defense. Whether you are facing felony drug charges, have been accused of a sex offense, are facing charges involving a crime of violence or have been charged with any other type of felony, you can rely on us to protect your rights and to help you get the best result possible in your case.

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If you have been charged with or are under investigation for an alleged felony criminal act, get the experienced legal help you need right away. Contact us online or call 877-509-1400 for a free initial consultation. We are prepared to help you fight for your rights and your freedom.