The Stakes Are High: How a Criminal Conviction Impacts Your Life Even After You’ve Served Your Time

In the movies, nothing stops the hero, not even jail time. In real life, being convicted of a felony or misdemeanor can unfortunately can have long-lasting consequences. You may think that serving your time is punishment enough, but society often has other ideas.

The primary consequence of a felony conviction is the loss of your civil rights. These include the right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to sit on a jury and the right to possess a firearm. For most people, this can be the most severe consequence. After all, the punishment one receives as a sentence will be completed at some point. The loss of your civil rights remains unless and until they are restored, which is a time consuming, lengthy process with no guarantee of success.

A criminal conviction can also limit employment opportunities and professional licensing. For instance, anyone who is convicted of a felony cannot become a police officer. Typically, it will bar a person from teaching school. A felony conviction often means it’s impossible to get a license to practice law, architecture, or to be a CPA. Many licensing agencies and government departments may suspend licenses if the license holder is convicted of certain kinds of crime. Affected professions can include real estate brokers, sales associates and appraisers, pharmacists, physical therapists, and electronics technicians. Most employers now conduct background checks, and while a criminal record may not legally disqualify you for that job, the employer may choose not to hire that applicant.

From a social perspective, convicted felons usually can’t adopt children or act as foster parents. International travel may also be restricted for anyone with a felony conviction, and sometimes even for a misdemeanor record. For example, Canada will deny entry if you have a conviction for DUI!  Educational opportunities are also affected, as a criminal history may result in the denial of admission to a college or university, and render one ineligible for financial aid. And under certain circumstances, landlords can evict tenants who’ve been convicted.

The bottom line: if you’re charged with a crime, the stakes are incredibly high. Don’t look only at the possible sentence you are facing – consider the challenges you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your life. The cost may be much more than you bargained for!

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, you need to take immediate action to protect your future. Please contact us today to learn how we can help!

Written by Law Offices of Barry M. Wax

Law Offices of Barry M. Wax

For 34 years, I have provided both State- and Federal-Level representation for those facing charges ranging from wire fraud, mortgage fraud, and healthcare fraud to identity theft, drug trafficking, money laundering, murder, DUI, domestic violence and numerous other criminal charges. In every case, it is my commitment to one-on-one service and support that has separated the Law Offices of Barry M. Wax from other criminal defense firms. When it comes to your future, you need a strong defense and the ability to make the right choices and regain control of your life.