The Consequences Of A Criminal Charge
How Will A Criminal Conviction Impact Your Life?
Fines — Fines are part of almost every criminal conviction. Depending on the severity of the charge, fines may be relatively minor (a couple hundred or thousand dollars) or extremely costly (in the hundreds of thousands).
Jail or prison time — Even misdemeanor charges carry the possibility of jail time. Felony charges, or repeat offenders, can face decades or life in prison. Federal crimes often carry minimum mandatory prison sentences.
Sex offense registration — If you are convicted of a sex-related crime, you will have to register as a sex offender for years or even life. The registration requirements are strict and public.
A permanent criminal record — Once convicted, the only way to remove the conviction from your record is through expungement — and expungement is not available in most cases. This means every time you apply for a job or housing or college/graduate school you will have to disclose your criminal past.
A Felony Conviction Carries The Most Severe Consequences
Felony convictions carry the harshest penalties. As a convicted felon you will be inflicted with more than the incredible misery and horror of incarceration in a state prison. You also face fines, victim restitution, probation, community service and counseling.
Other penalties that accompany a felony conviction are:
- Lifetime loss of the right to own or possess a firearm
- Loss of driving privileges
- Loss of voting rights during the term of your sentence
- Lifetime denial of admission to professional schools or to hold licenses
- Barred from entry into state educational institutions for up to one year
- Loss of financial aid for education
- Inability to be hired for certain occupations
Don’t Let One Mistake Ruin Your Life — Contact The Epps Law Group
To speak with attorney Kyle Epps about your criminal charge, call 678-648-4940 orcontact our firm online. Consultations are free and our office is located just outside Atlanta in Cumming, Georgia.