If you are convicted of a crime, the judge will order a sentence that may include fines, jail time, or other penalties, depending on the offense you've committed. However, there are quite a few "hidden" penalties that are not included in the sentence, yet will still impact your life for years to come. In this blog, our Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney takes a look at these penalties, and the importance of hiring skilled counsel if you're facing charges.
The court imposes a hefty amount of fines, costs and various fees during the criminal process, but the true financial cost of a conviction goes far beyond this. An arrest often leads to the loss of your job, and a conviction can make it significantly tougher to find employment.
Convicted criminals often struggle to gain professional licensing, as well. Fields like nursing, working with children, therapy, and many others typically only hire those without a criminal record. While expungement may be possible, it is better to build a strong defense when originally facing charges.
No Federal Assistance
Many people attempt to better their lives after a criminal conviction, and others are productive members of society who made a single mistake. Despite this, the federal government will not give you an education grant if you have been sentenced to jail. If the crime you were convicted of is a drug offense, they may deny you federal loans as well!
It doesn't end there – convictions for narcotics-based crimes will impact your ability to receive food stamps or live in subsidized housing. While Colorado is somewhat more progressive than other states in this area, you still have to show that you are taking steps toward self-improvement (rehabilitation programs, for example) to collect food stamps.
If you're facing criminal charges, you must take strong and timely action to protect not only your rights and freedom, but also your future. Call The Samuelson Law Firm today 24/7 at (719) 941-1127 to learn how we can help.