A New York felony charge may cause complications in many areas of your life if it leads to a conviction. In addition to criminal penalties, you also face collateral consequences. Collateral consequences are sanctions or disqualifications that may make it harder for you to find a job or a place to live. They may also strip you of your rights in certain areas.
According to the New York State Unified Court System, many people who plead guilty to felony offenses or make plea bargains do not understand the collateral consequences they may face when doing so. It is important for you to understand all possible repercussions when deciding how to move forward. In New York, know that a felony conviction may lead to the following collateral consequences, among others.
Ineligibility from voting
You may not vote while in prison or while on parole. Once you leave state prison and have completed all terms of your parole, you may reregister to vote.
An inability to foster or adopt a child
Certain felony offenses prevent you from fostering or adopting a child in New York. Felony drug charges from within the last five years are among them. Many violent crimes and crimes against children also prevent you from becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
Loss of a green card
If you are living in the United States on a green card, any criminal conviction, felony or otherwise, may lead to issues with immigration. It may result in deportation or keep you from renewing the green card in the future. It may also prevent you from continuing a path to citizenship.