A conviction comes with a host of repercussions beyond just jail time and fines. There are a variety of other collateral consequences that result from convictions. These include:
- Loss of reputation. You work hard to earn a good reputation among friends, family, and members of the community. A conviction could damage this reputation.
- Difficulty finding employment. Many employers will not hire people with criminal backgrounds, especially convictions for theft crimes, sex crimes, or violent crimes.
- Limitations on where you can live. Criminal convictions show up on background checks when you apply for housing, which may influence whether a landlord wishes to offer you a place to live. If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you will also face limitations based on proximity to schools, parks, and other places where minors congregate.
- Difficulty obtaining loans. If you want to purchase a house, start a business, or go to school, a criminal conviction may make it difficult to get a loan.
- Ineligibility from certain forms of government assistance. You may lose benefits such as welfare, food stamps, public assistance housing, and student loans.
- Ineligibility for professional licensing.
- Loss of right to possess a firearm. If you are convicted of a felony offense, you will lose the right to possess a firearm.
- Change to immigration status. If you are an immigrant in the U.S., certain criminal convictions may get you deported.
- Loss of rights and privileges. You may lose the right to run for public office, serve on a jury, vote, or even drive your car.
- Loss of custody. Certain crimes could cause you to lose custody and/or visitation rights with your children.
If you are facing criminal accusations, it is extremely important to contact an attorney and begin working on your defense as soon as possible. Taking swift action may increase your chances of a favorable outcome. Lloyd Long, an experienced Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer, accepts all types of criminal cases, including assault and battery, domestic violence, drug crimes, DUI, federal crimes, theft crimes, sex crimes, and more. Whether you are facing misdemeanor charges or a serious felony, we have what it takes to protect your rights and fight for your future.
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