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What happens to your rights when you're convicted of a crime?

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Whether you're charged with a misdemeanor, felony, agree to a plea deal, or are convicted by a judge or jury for a crime, all can impact your ability to get a job. They can restrict your ability to live your life like as you were accustomed to, as well.

Depending on the crime an individual is charged with or convicted of, the individual may lose one's right to continue attending a public academic institution. Additionally, those convicted of crimes may face difficulty in joining Connecticut state-run youth programs or service corps groups.

While many are aware that a felony conviction on a person's record will make it impossible to possess a firearm, many aren't aware that felony convictions will limit their ability to obtain different types of licenses. In some jurisdictions, it may be impossible for a felon to procure the following licenses:

  • pyrotechnician
  • bailbondsman
  • motor vehicle
  • lottery dealer's
  • law
  • daycare
  • private security

Additionally, those convicted of election-related crimes may be restricted from voting again. You may also lose your ability to receive federal student loans or aid.

If an individual, who was previously convicted of a crime as a juvenile, commits a crime as an adult, he or she may forever lose the option to have one's records expunged.

Landlords are also legally authorized to deny rental applications when an individual has a criminal record for substance abuse in some jurisdictions.

If you're facing criminal charges, the aforementioned are some of the many restrictions you face if convicted. In learning more about your case, a Windham, Connecticut, criminal law attorney can advise you of defense strategies.

Source: Money Crashers, "How a Criminal Record Affects Your Finances & Your Life," Mark Theoharis, accessed Dec. 22, 2017