Learn The Possible Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction
Collateral consequences are consequences sometimes directly or indirectly related to the criminal conviction itself. Certain penalties are given as part of a sentence after a conviction. These penalties might be jail, prison, probation or something else. However, there are some additional consequences of a criminal proceeding that are often overlooked. At Napier & Napier, we can help you understand these potential additional consequences.
If you have been charged with a crime, call our dedicated counselors at 585-512-8229 to discuss your case and your legal options.
Understanding The Range Of Civil Penalties
Many times there are civil penalties of the criminal conviction and direct and indirect consequences. A DWI has a civil component addressing driver’s license status. New York passed a recent law that three or more DWI convictions in 25 years results in losing a driver’s license for life. You may face civil penalties and consequences even without a conviction. It is important your attorney understand these and explain them to you so that you can avoid additional issues.
After a sex crime conviction, you may have to register on the sex offender registry or be subject to a civil commitment. A drug crime may result in loss of a professional license in some cases. Other crimes, such as assault and robbery convictions, each have their own collateral consequences to consider.
Employment And Immigration Consequences
In addition to civil penalties, other consequences to criminal convictions may affect your life. If you are not a U.S. citizen, there are some deportable offenses, such as crimes of moral turpitude which includes theft crimes. A noncitizen may even be deported for a misdemeanor. It is important to consult with a lawyer if you are not a U.S. citizen so you fully understand the risks.
If you drive for your employment, or even if you don’t, a conviction for a crime may affect your employment especially if it is a DWI or other serious traffic offense. If you lose your license, even on a temporary basis, it may have a big impact on your ability to work and your employment status.