In California, a felony conviction will usually result in consequences beyond the court-ordered sentence. In fact, some of your constitutional rights will be waived after you have been convicted, which is another reason why you should always get in touch with a Del Mar criminal lawyer as soon as you have been charged with any crime.
In some states, felony offenders lose their voting rights for life, but California is a little more compassionate than that. Even so, you will still lose your right to vote while you are imprisoned or on parole for a felony. When you have served your sentence, your right to vote will be automatically restored, only you will need to re-register to vote.
Felons also lose their right to serve on a California jury. While many people want to avoid serving jury duty, it is an important part of our legal process and the state needs qualified jurors willing to provide accused offenders with a fair and impartial trial. If you are convicted of a felony, have served your full sentence and wish to be able to serve in a jury, your La Jolla defense attorney can help you restore your civil rights so you can participate in the legal system again.
You will also lose your right to serve in the military unless you can obtain a waiver. You may lose some veteran’s benefits if you have been convicted of certain crimes that label you as a threat or an enemy of the United States, for example, treason or sabotage.
Finally, you may face discrimination in both housing and employment if you have been convicted of a felony. If you have the conviction expunged, you will no longer have to disclose your conviction when applying for housing or employment. Even if your record has been expunged, you will need to disclose your conviction if you decide to run for high office as an elected official and you cannot run for public office if you were convicted of charges such as forgery, perjury, bribery, etc. A person is required to disclose even an expunged conviction when they apply for any job in the public sector and although they can deny the conviction for private employment, a background search will still show it. Sealing of a record is the best way to prevent outside knowledge. Unfortunately, to seal the conviction records a person has to show they were factually innocent of the charge. A Carmel Valley criminal attorney can help you obtain an expungement to help you avoid housing and employment discrimination in the private sector and he may be able to help you seal your record if possible as well.
California is home to some of the strongest gun laws in the country and anyone convicted of a felony, or of misdemeanor domestic violence, will lose their right to possess a firearm. Expungement of these convictions will not restore your right to firearm ownership -the only way to restore these rights is to obtain a pardon from the governor. Even a pardon from the governor will not allow you to restore your right to own a firearm if you were convicted of a felony involving the use of a dangerous weapon.
As a felon, your DNA will be taken and submitted to the state’s DNA database where it can be compared to DNA samples pulled from any crime investigation in the future.
If you have been charged with a felony, please call Solana Beach defense lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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