While a misdemeanor may be something that you received when you were younger, a felony has a host of more serious consequences. Many of these can negatively affect your life for years. Here are some of the ways that a felony conviction can make daily life tougher than before.
Many Jobs are Unavailable
Some job postings require special clearance to successfully apply for them. Because of the sensitive nature of the work involved, employers may need to run background checks on applicants to rule out people with a criminal record, those with bad credit, and other potential red flags.
Other companies are cautious about their intellectual property and the safety of their workers. As such, they perform checks on anyone who may come to work for them.
Because of this, someone with a past felony conviction may not even be able to interview for a position they could perform well in if given the opportunity.
Access to Higher Education May Be Restricted
In a similarly cautious manner, colleges may review a new student application, or suspend a current student, should they be discovered to have a Title IX or felony conviction in their name.
Grants, student loans, and other forms of financial aid in the educational world are also usually not on the table for people with a felony.
So, while a convict may wish to better themselves once they’ve served their time, it doesn’t necessarily work that way in practice.
The Right to Vote
You might believe that everyone who was born in the United States and is old enough is permitted to vote. However, this right is stripped from convicts who have a felony charge on their rap sheet.
For instance, as Lauren Campoli who represents legal clients in Minnesota can attest, a felony conviction in her state results in a loss of voting rights until the sentence is finished.
That means even a supervised release, parole, or probation doesn’t conclude the matter or immediately reinstate voting rights.
Locating and getting approved for housing is problematic for felons. People charged with more serious crimes such as violent acts, drugs, sex crime, or crimes relating to a minor are considered particularly egregious.
Taking Minnesota as an example, while discrimination is a matter for the law, landlords are not legally prevented from denying a prospective tenant due to their criminal history.
Quite often, assistance is required from the state or charities that help felons get back into society in a safe manner to ensure access to, at least, part of the rental market.
You must ensure proper legal representation for criminal charges in seeking to avoid being convicted of a felony offense.
You may have a misdemeanor and be under the mistaken impression that a felony won’t be much different; however, that’s not the case.
Don’t make this error in judgment. Such charges are extremely serious and even after being convicted and the sentence being served, life doesn’t get much easier.