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Collateral consequences refer to effects of conviction that are not listed in the judgement of the court but are, nevertheless automatically authorized by an administrative body or agency on a case by case basis. For example, while a conviction will list a term of imprisonment or probation, the court will not specifically state that a defendant’s housing rights, licensing opportunities, or job prospect, are greatly influenced by the conviction.
As such, certain conviction will affect:
employment and business opportunities,
exclusion from certain “regulated” business
government benefits and program participation,
Ineligibility for government contracts
Child custody, fostering and adoption
These hidden consequences of a guilty plea or finding can be a “civil death” for certain individuals. Make sure you attorney knows about the collateral consequences of a conviction and makes every effort to mitigate these for YOU.
At Summit Defense, our attorneys are well versed in the various hidden consequences of a conviction. Leave no stone unturned, contact and vetted and experienced Criminal Defense lawyer today.