At our law firm, we work with our clients to help them avoid a criminal conviction, if possible. Why is it so important to fight against criminal charges? Well, besides the immediate impact an arrest can have on a person’s life, a conviction can be much worse, including the possibility of a harsh sentence in some cases. However, besides the impact of an arrest, a conviction and a criminal sentence, Maryland residents who are convicted of a crime can face “collateral consequences” for the rest of their lives as well.
The “collateral consequences” of a criminal conviction include those consequences that are not directly imposed by a court of law, but are, instead, imposed by the rest of society. For example, for certain types of convictions, such as felony convictions, the person who is convicted may have all their rights to own or possess firearms stripped. And, if they do try to own or possess firearms after the conviction, that may result in another criminal charge.
Other collateral consequences include difficulty obtaining student loans, difficulty finding employment and even difficulty securing housing, depending on the charge that the person is convicted of. And, perhaps the most devastating collateral consequence is the impact on the way people see themselves after a criminal conviction – they may lose hope that their life will ever return to normal.
Maryland residents who are facing charges need to make plans for a thorough criminal defense strategy. There are simply too many direct and collateral consequences of a conviction to take a criminal case lightly.