Collateral Consequences are those 'other things' that happen to you if convicted of a crime that the judge does not discuss with you because he/she cannot control them. License suspensions, for instance, are solely in the control of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Many crimes have collateral consequences including loss of license, loss of second amendment (gun) rights, loss of voting rights, limits on where you can live or work. Felonies always do.

Two excellent sources for a list of collateral consequences applicable to different convictions are the Collateral Consequences Guide produced by the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center ( ) and