Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney - Collateral Consequences
If you have been or may be convicted of a criminal offense, there are potential consequences over and above the fine, cost, probation, and incarceration time that you may face as a result of the criminal conviction. These potential consequences over and above the statutory sentence and any statutory fine from a conviction are called collateral consequences of the conviction. In many cases, these collateral consequences will have a greater impact on your life than the statutory sentence and statutory fine itself.
If you are convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor criminal offense, you may lose certain rights that you would otherwise be entitled to as a citizen. Some of these rights are affected only while you are incarcerated for the offense itself. Other rights are affected for longer periods of time, including permanently.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of rights that may be affected by a criminal conviction:
1. Voting rights
2. Rights under the Freedom of Information Act
3. Firearm rights
4. Right to file a civil rights complaint
5. Right to employment and right to license
6. Housing rights
7. Parental rights
8. Student loan rights
9. Government assistance through public benefits rights
10. Immigration rights
11. Rights affected by Sex Offender Registration
If you are facing a criminal charge or being investigated for a criminal charge, it is vitally important that you hire an attorney that understands the potential legal and collateral consequences of your charge or charges. Contact Lansing Criminal Defense Attorney Eric J. Sheppard to represent your interests and to properly advise you on these important legal matters. Call our office today at 517-618-1580.
The Law Office of Eric J. Sheppard
2109 Hamilton Road, Suite 206
Okemos MI 48864
PH: 517-618-1580 (office)
PH: 216-973-9996 (cell)