The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Legal Collateral Consequences

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If someone is convicted of a crime under the U.S. legal system, the court determines a punishment. In some cases, the punishment is mild. This includes fines or mandatory participation in community service. Punishments are codified and are interpreted within reason during the punishment phase. In most cases, you can be certain that if you are convicted of X, you will receive punishment X.

Unfortunately, that is just the beginning. In the event of a conviction, severe penalties are levied. Opportunities and benefits available to normal people are taken away.  Some of these losses can be severe and it is important to be aware of the consequences.

The common term for this loss is collateral consequences. When a conviction is final they are levied automatically. Application is often left to the discretion of different agencies depending on established guidelines.

What you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get

Suppose that you were convicted of a misdemeanor in Texas. You automatically lose the right to register as a qualified air conditioning/refrigeration technician. If you work for a childcare facility, the legal system informs your employer. Physicians face a particularly long list of disadvantages if they are convicted. The list of penalties you can face is vast. In fact, there are more than 50 potential penalties you might suffer when convicted.

These collateral consequences vary depending on location and type of conviction. Some of these penalties are damaging and permanent. Curious about how bad it can get? Check here at the American Bar Association database on collateral consequences.

We want you to know how important it is to secure competent legal help. A poor result in a criminal trial can damage and restrict your future possibilities. If you are facing even minor charges, you must do whatever you have to get good legal counsel. The alternative could be quite unpleasant.

Contact Rogers Garcia Patton now if you or someone you love needs trusted, competent legal counsel.

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