We all make mistakes, and every once in a while, those mistakes can bring us face-to-face with the justice system. Unfortunately, remorse does not change the legal system—if you are convicted of a crime, then you will be forced to deal with the consequences. Here are a few of the numerous ways that a criminal conviction can affect your life:
When convicted of a crime, most of your basic freedoms will be immediately stripped away as you are put into jail or prison. You won’t be able to see your loved ones whenever you want, eat when you want, or go outside when you want—instead, you’ll be forced to endure your cell and the company of unsavory cellmates until your sentence is up.
Difficulty Finding a Job
Though prison time is hard enough, the effects of conviction resound long after you’re released. For the rest of your life, your conviction will appear on your criminal history record. Employers are often hesitant to hire convicted felons, and by law, you will be unable to work around children or practice medicine. When most people think about conviction, they tend to consider only the jail time, when in fact, what you stand to lose after you are released can be much more difficult to live with.
Loss of Basic Freedoms
When you’re convicted of a felony, you immediately lose your right to vote, even if you are an upstanding citizen after you’ve served your time. You also lose your right to travel to certain countries that do not admit tourists that have been involved in criminal activity.
The best way to avoid these terrible consequences is to prevent a conviction in the first place. At the law firm of Blumberg & Associates, we understand that the justice system isn’t perfect—that’s why we offer top-notch criminal defense services for citizens of Arizona. Have you recently been accused of a serious crime? Call (602) 277-6180 and get one step closer to setting the record straight.