Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction

Ignorance Isn't Bliss

A criminal charge can affect your life in ways you may not have thought of. Even a first offense can prevent or significantly hamper you from:

  • Getting or keeping a job
  • Getting or keeping a driver’s license
  • Running for a political office
  • Joining the armed forces
  • Obtaining financial aid
  • Renting a car

Consider how these few different situations can affect or be affected by a criminal charge and/or conviction:

  • Crimes with Minors Present
  • Teens and Crime
  • Destruction of Property
  • Employment Issues, including being barred from certain professions
  • Loss of Driver’s License and/or Professional License
  • Guns and Alcohol
  • Drugs and Drug-Related Crimes
  • The Infirm or Handicapped
  • Students
  • Political Office, even on the local level
  • Traveling
  • Visitors from Out of State
  • Insurance Eligibility
  • Your Financial Security

Felony Consequences

A felony criminal charge could further prevent you from:

  • Sitting on a jury
  • Voting
  • Traveling outside the state
  • Owning a firearm

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