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The Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction

Criminal conviction consequences are not over at sentencing. There is certainly a sense of relief when a defendant is sentenced, but the total impact of their criminal conviction consequences can be just starting. There can be issues with immigration, career consequences and a negative impact on your firearm rights. This blog will deal with some of these consequences that start after sentencing.

Career Consequences

If you have a felony conviction on your record, good luck getting a job in law enforcement, as a firefighter, a nurse, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher and any career that might deal with you having contact with money. A misdemeanor conviction that deals with dishonesty, such as retail fraud, embezzlement, and larceny can keep a person from working at a bank, for an insurance company, and in accounting. A misdemeanor drug conviction can keep you from getting a job working as a delivery driver.

Firearm Possession Consequences

A felony conviction can prevent a person from possessing a firearm for up to five years.  (See MCL 750.224f) If you are a hunter, a person in Michigan can get a hunting license with a criminal conviction.

Possible Deportation

Some felony convictions make deportation of non-citizens a possibility. If you are convicted of drunk driving and are not a citizen, you could be deported.  As this area of law is constantly changing and is very complex, you should contact an immigration lawyer who specializes in immigration law if you are not a citizen and are charged with a crime. 

Driver’s License Revocation

If you are convicted of DUI, your diver’s license will be suspended. If you have multiple DUI convictions, your license will be revoked. If you are convicted of possession of drugs such as Marijuana and Cocaine, you can have your driver’s license suspended.

Sex Offender Registry

A conviction for criminal sexual misconduct will require the convicted person to register as a Sex Offender.   A person who is put on this list will have to meet requirements with the State of Michigan in regards to where they are residing. Furthermore, registrants are not allowed within 1,000 feet of a school.

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