How Does A Felony Affect Your Life?
Many people have been convicted of crimes. These crimes may consist of DUI, drug possession, petty theft, indecent exposure, assault, and battery, which are often misdemeanors. A person convicted of a misdemeanor may have to pay a fine and go on probation, but for the most part, their life does not change much.
This is different for a felony. A felony is a serious crime that may include sexual assault, murder, arson. robbery, and child porn possession. Felonies often result in hefty fines and many years in prison. There may also be probation involved.
But that’s not all. With a felony, you have a permanent criminal record. A felony can affect many aspects of your life, including employment, housing, finances, your social life, and more. Read on to learn more about the collateral consequences of being a convicted felon.
Everyone should have the right to work, but many employers don’t hire felons. A felon may not be able to work in many fields, such as careers involving children and money. Each state has laws regarding employment for those with felonies on their records. Unfortunately, many felons have trouble finding work, causing them to steal, get caught, and go back to prison.
Felons may be restricted from living in certain areas, such as near school zones if they are a sex offender). Other than that, they can face discrimination from landlords. Many landlords require background checks, so your felony conviction is bound to come up sooner or later. It’s best to discuss your situation with potential landlords and hope they will give you a chance.
Money is an issue for a felon because they spend many years behind bars, unable to work and earn money. Many also have to restitution to victims. On top of that, loans are hard to get, as banks often refuse to lend to felons. The debt becomes higher and higher over time, so those with felony convictions need to get a handle on their finances sooner rather than later.
Felons also have many of their freedoms taken away. They may be unable to vote. They lose the right to possess or buy a gun. They also cannot serve on a jury duty. Depending on the type of crime they committed, a parent may lose custody of their own children. If they plan to adopt, a felony can hinder that. So they lose a lot of their constitutional rights.
Speak to a Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney Today
A felony conviction may be life-changing but it’s not life-ending. You can still live a good life but you’ll need to overcome many challenges.
That’s why you need someone on your side who can defend you from the charges you face. Canton criminal defense lawyer Brian S. Karpe has defended many people from serious felony charges. Contact The Law Office of Brian S. Karpe for a free case evaluation. Send us an email or call our office at 860-217-1458.