There are a lot of different issues that come with facing a criminal charge. These can vary greatly having to do time in prison to having to live with the consequences that come with being branded as a felon. If you are facing a criminal charge, your defense is your best option for only dealing with minimal consequences. Of course, if you are convicted, you will most certainly have to deal with some consequences. Keep these five collateral consequences, which aren’t imposed by the court, in mind as fuel for your defense planning.
#1: Trouble finding a job
Once you have a criminal conviction on your record, you might have trouble finding a job that can support you. It is likely going to be easy to find minimum wage jobs since these don’t require you to submit to a background check, but finding other jobs might be considerably more difficult. The type of charge you were convicted on does play a part in how the conviction will impact your job prospects.
#2: Social implications
The social implications of a criminal conviction can be far reaching. Friends might shun you. Family members might not want to associate with you. If you are on parole or probation, you will have some restrictions placed on what you can do and where you can go.
#3: Difficulty finding housing
Many landlords require a background check before they will rent out a property to someone. You might find that you have trouble finding a place to rent. On top of that, you might find that it is more difficult to qualify for a loan to purchase a home if you have a criminal conviction on your record.
#4: Loss of some rights
Felons lose some rights. One that many people worry about is their right to vote. In New York, felons who aren’t incarcerated or on parole can vote. Even a felon who is on probation can vote in New York if they are registered to vote. Another right that is lost is the right to have firearms, as a felon in possession of a firearm is something that can lead to more criminal charges.
#5: Inability to get some government assistance
People who are convicted of specific crimes might not be able to get government assistance, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or housing cost assistance. While this might not seem like a big deal to some people, it can mean that people who are just coming out of jail or prison can’t get help to get back on their feet.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001