Besides the Court’s punishment, what other consequences am I facing?

In a criminal case, many defendants and their attorneys only focus on the tasks immediately before them – the charges and maximum punishments available to the court.  It is easy to ignore the other possible consequences of a conviction.

Separate from the Court, there are several possible negative consequences one could face if there is a conviction by either a trial or a plea agreement.

In many regulated or licensed professions there may be possible sanctions from those regulating or licensing agencies.  For instance, those involved in healthcare, law, accounting, commercial driving, child care, teaching, and several other jobs, a conviction could result in possible dismissal from that job or other negative consequences.

A conviction can also impact one’s immigration status and even result in deportation.  It may affect one’s eligibility for public benefits, such as food stamps, public housing, or social security.

It could impact one’s ability to vote or bear arms.

It could result in sexual offender registration.

One may be ineligible for future expunction.

If you have been charged with a crime, before you go to trial or take a plea agreement, make sure you speak with an attorney experienced about not merely the possible punishment available to the court, but also the collateral consequences.