Junction City criminal lawyers discuss the effects of a felony conviction
Conviction of a felony typically results in prison time and hefty fines. But a felony conviction can have lasting consequences on many areas of your life, even after you have completed your punishment. Here are some of those consequences.
Employment and licensing
Convicted felons face many challenges in finding employment. Many employers are hesitant to take a chance on a felon. A felony conviction makes obtaining the license required for some jobs (e.g., attorney, teacher, accountant, doctor) difficult or impossible. Even if you can get the license, you may not be eligible for a significant period after you complete your sentence.
Government jobs, jobs related to the military, and jobs that require bonding may be difficult or impossible to be hired for. Here are a few examples:
- Health care and drug industry. Federal law prohibits those convicted of certain crimes from providing healthcare services for which they will receive payment from Medicare, or from working for the generic drug industry.
- Child care. Federal law requires criminal history background checks for individuals who provide care for children. Statutes in many states also provide for criminal background checks of persons who work with children.
- Insurance industry. Federal laws bar certain classes of felons from working in the insurance industry without having received permission from an insurance regulatory official.
- FDIC. Convictions of offenses involving dishonesty, breach of trust, or money laundering disqualify an individual from working for institutions that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
- Unions. Certain classes of felons are barred, for 13 years after conviction or the end of imprisonment if sentenced for a term of longer than 13 years, from holding any of several positions in a union or other organization that manages an employee benefit plan, including serving as an officer of the union or a director of the union’s governing board.
Enhanced future sentences
Most states and federal law impose harsher sentences on individuals with prior convictions. Some states have “three strikes” laws that can result in sentences of up to life imprisonment without parole on a third conviction. If you are convicted of a felony, you must take great care to avoid conduct that could expose you to new criminal charges.
Possession of a firearm
A convicted felon may not possess a firearm. The federal government will prosecute violators.
If convicted of a felony you may be required to provide a blood sample for DNA typing to be added to a law enforcement database. For example, in some states a DNA sample must be provided following any felony conviction, as well as any misdemeanor “sex” crime such as unlawful sexual contact, visual sexual aggression against a child, or sexual misconduct with a child under14 years of age. DNA samples are required of those convicted of almost all federal crimes as well.
Sex offender registration
Sex offender registration is mandatory after conviction of many state crimes and Federal crimes. This is true for misdemeanor sex crimes as well as felonies.
Loss of government benefits
Under federal law, those convicted of certain drug related offenses may be ineligible for certain federal benefits. Benefits such as student loans, federal housing, federally granted licenses, certain social security benefits, and food stamps to name a few can be lost.
Mandatory deportation of non-citizens
Under federal law, an alien who has been convicted of an aggravated felony including but not limited to a “crime of violence” will be deported. A person is guilty of an “aggravated felony,” for immigration purposes, if the person is convicted of a “crime of violence” or of any of various other crimes if the person receives a sentence of at least one year.
Various countries deny entry to people convicted of a crime.
If you are ever called as a witness in any future legal proceeding, civil or criminal, your felony conviction can be used to impeach your credibility.
Attorney advice can be crucial
An experienced Kansas criminal defense attorney can advise you on the possible effects of a guilty plea or conviction. If you face a felony charge, it is especially important to discuss these matters with a defense lawyer.
To consult with one of our Junction City criminal defense attorneys, please call our toll-free number, or fill out the form on this page.
Addair Thurston Chtd.
Junction City criminal defense lawyers
900 Poyntz Ave.
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
725 N. Washington Street
Junction City, Kansas 66441