If you're convicted of a felony, the law requires that you make restitution for the crime, typically through fees and jail time. However, being convicted of a felony has other consequences which are less immediate, but just as significant. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential if you have been charged with a felony to help you avoid:
Loss of Legal Rights
In Arizona, persons convicted of felonies may be stripped of many of their legal rights. Which rights are revoked and the duration of these penalties vary depending on the particular crime committed, the convicted party's previous convictions, and the decisions of judges and legal boards. The most commonly revoked legal rights include the right to vote, the right to possess weapons, eligibility for public health and education benefits, and eligibility for immigration proceedings.
In addition to losing legal rights as a result of your felony conviction, you may experience serious financial problems. Because many felons are made ineligible for public assistance, you may not qualify for the financial support you need to get back on your feet. Your criminal history may also make it difficult for you to find a job. Arizona law allows state agencies to reject a convicted felon’s application for a license or permit that is necessary for a certain job if the applicant's conviction can be reasonably related to the functions of that job.
Being branded a felon has substantial social consequences, as well. Employers may be unwilling to hire you, while friends, family members, and romantic partners may treat you differently. You may also be legally obliged to state that you are a felon in embarrassing circumstances. Many people treat convicted felons unkindly and are unwilling to give them the benefit of the doubt.
If you're facing felony charges or have been convicted of a felony, the best way to take your life back is to hire a skilled attorney. A criminal defense attorney can help dismiss charges against you and apply for the reinstatement of your legal rights. For trained legal representation in the Phoenix metro area, contact Blumberg & Associates at (602) 277-6180.