Facing criminal charges is never a good thing. You face the possibility of jail, probation, and heft fines depending on the offense. Many people don’t realize that there are additional consequences that can follow them for years after a criminal investigation. These are just a few of the collateral consequences you could end up facing.
If you hold a professional license for your profession, it can be stripped away after a criminal investigation, if you’re found guilty of the crimes. This typically will only occur if the crime is directly related to your line of work or signals the judge that you may no longer be fit to perform your job without the risk of future crimes being committed.
DCF, also known as the Department of Children and Family Services, is responsible for keeping children in safe and stable homes. Following some criminal investigations, DCF may open a case against you. When a DCF case is opened they’ll perform a home inspection, conduct interviews with members of the household, and determine rather or not you can provide a stable home for your children. Even if the initial investigation goes well, you may be subject to random DCF visits in the future.
Felons are not allowed to possess a firearm. After being convicted of a felony, you will no longer be able to obtain a gun license in the United States. In some cases, involving fire arms and controlled substances, your right to own a firearm may be taken away even if it isn’t a felony conviction.
If you’re an immigrant in the united states, criminal conviction may be a violation of your immigration status and cause you to be deported. If you’re in the United States as an illegal immigrant, committing a crim will definitely get you deported. The deportation process quickly separates families and forces you to give up the freedoms and rights you’ve become accustomed to here in the states.
If you’re facing a criminal conviction, rather it’s a felony or not, you should seek the help of an experienced lawyer to ensure you get fair representation. Your lawyer can help to prove your innocence, negotiate plea deals, and attempt to manage the terms of your conviction. Contact a lawyer as soon as you learn you’re facing a criminal conviction to give yourself the best chance of avoiding some or all of these consequences.