You’ve been charged with a felony and you know that there could be many consequences that will follow you for the rest of your life. You may have heard that it is more difficult to obtain and keep employment when you have been convicted. Perhaps your charges were extremely serious and now you’ll wonder what the public thinks about you when it comes to certain aspects. Will it be difficult moving forward? Convicted felons lose more than just civil rights, they lose hope in the system.
Rights You Could Lose as a Convicted Felon
As a convicted felon, there are many rights that you could lose out on, which is why we want to help you navigate the legal system and hopefully secure your rights as you move forward. We want to share with you some of the rights that will be affected due to a felony.
Voting Rights: When you are incarcerated, you will not be able to vote for President. Depending on the state in which you reside, you could be banned from voting for a certain amount of time, while in other states you could find that there are lifelong bans.
Travel: You may have restrictions to travel to certain countries. Any country is allowed to deny your entry depending on the crime.
Gun Ownership: Firearm dealers are supposed to conduct a background check on anybody who wants to receive a gun. If you are a felon, this could mean that you are completely barred from owning a firearm.
Employment Rights: Though it may seem unfair, many businesses discriminate against felons and will not hire them for jobs. This is especially true in cases where there was theft if you want to work in retail. It could even stretch as far as becoming a child care professional, teacher, or working for the U.S. Armed Forces.
Social Benefits: You will not be permitted to serve on jury duty, but one of the bigger effects is that you will not be allowed to apply for federal or state grants or live in public housing. This could be detrimental to your future.
You don’t want to lose your rights, which is why you need an attorney on your side who will listen to you every step of the way and work to get you the best results. We are here for you in your time of need at the Law Office of Peter Blair. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you build a defense.