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Long-Term Effects Of A Felony Record 

3 years ago by Brian
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Felony convictions come with serious consequences for both the offender and his or her family. A felony conviction can affect an offender’s economic, social, and civic life. In Minnesota, convicted felons lose the right to vote while they serve a sentence, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to own or use a firearm. If you are seeking legal representation regarding a criminal arrest or conviction, contact JS Defense, PA today to schedule a free consultation. 

Individuals experience stress and anxiety when they are arrested, though being found guilty of a felony offense is cause for even greater concern. Felony convictions can affect an individual’s life in profound ways, and the record of an arrest and conviction can also follow someone for the rest of their life. This is why you want to avoid having a felony on your record whenever possible.

Criminal Records 

Criminal records are detailed accounts of an individual’s interactions with the criminal justice system. If someone is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, then that person will have a criminal record. Even one conviction still creates a criminal record that will remain a part of the offender’s life. Criminal records can contain local and state charges, as well as federal charges that may appear on background checks. 

The Effects Of A Felony Record 

Felony records can have both immediate and long-term effects on an individual’s life. Individuals with felony records may be more likely to live below the poverty line and never achieve home ownership. The following are some of the most common consequences of having a criminal record that contains a felony conviction: 


  1. Felony records can restrict a parent’s custodial rights. Parents who have felony convictions for crimes of violence may find it more difficult to obtain custody of their children. 
  2. Securing employment can be more difficult for individuals with felony convictions. Employers may be less likely to hire a prospective employee who was convicted of a felony offense in the past. 
  3. Individuals with records containing felony convictions may find it more difficult to obtain professional licenses. Professional licenses related to working with children may be particularly difficult for individuals with felony records to obtain. Convictions for violent crimes are scrutinized in detail by licensing boards. 


Individuals convicted of felony offenses also lose other rights, including firearm possession.


Individuals may apply to have their records erased or sealed, but it is never guaranteed. Having a criminal record expunged is a complex process, and it is important to consult an experienced criminal defense or constitutional law attorney regarding expungement. 


Violent felonies such as kidnapping, homicide, and aggravated sexual assault may not be eligible for expungement. 

Contact a Woodbury, MN Criminal Defense Attorney To Discuss Your Options

If you have a criminal record or are facing criminal charges, contact JS Defense, PA today to schedule a free consultation, during which we can discuss the facts related to your conviction. We can help you discover the options available to you and advise you on the best course of action to take in the future. Preventing a conviction or removing an existing conviction from your record can improve your future. 


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