If you’ve been accused of criminal wrongdoing, then you’re probably worried about what the future has in store for you. After all, the penalties that you could be facing may be quite extensive and severe. This concern may drive you to seek out a plea deal so that you can avoid the harshest of penalties, but before doing so you may want to consider the full breadth of a criminal conviction’s impact on your life. Therefore, take each of the following into consideration as you assess where you’re at with your case:
- Jail or prison time: This, of course, is usually the biggest concern of those who have been accused of a criminal offense. So, consider whether an offered plea deal is going to help you avoid incarceration.
- Fines: Depending on the crime in question, a conviction could lead to a hefty fine.
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation: Some convictions result in your driver’s license being stripped away. This can leave you without the transportation that you need to get to work, school, or a loved one you care for.
- Employment issues: Most convictions are going to show up on a criminal background check, which means that you might struggle to find a job if you take a plea deal or lose at trial.
- Professional licenses suspension or revocation: If you work in an occupation that requires licensure, then a criminal conviction could jeopardize your career in both the short- and the long-term.
- Housing problems: A felony conviction very well could make your housing search difficult by limiting your options to units that are less desirable. This means that you could also end up living far away from your work.
Keep in mind that these are just some of the penalties that you could be facing upon conviction. There are other secondary effects, too, such as strained relationships with your family and damage to your reputation.
Be proactive in protecting your interests
We don’t bring these penalties up to scare you. Instead, we want you to be fully informed of what’s at stake so that you take the matter seriously and can build the criminal defense that you need to avoid as many of these penalties as possible. That means being proactive and reaching out for help when you need it. Fortunately, law firms like ours stand ready to assist in that regard.