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What Are The Collateral Consequences Of A Conviction?

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. You often need to speak with a lawyer to figure out what specific "other things" might apply.

For more than 35 years, I have been defending clients just like you in criminal court. I can explain what types of collateral consequences you may be facing based on the specific charges that have been filed.

Lost Rights And Limited Opportunities

Many crimes have collateral consequences, including loss of license, loss of Second Amendment (gun) rights and loss of voting rights. Felonies always do. Limits on where you can live or work and registration as a sex offender for years are some of the collateral consequences attached to sex crimes.

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 www.abacollateralconsequences.org.

Aggressive Criminal Defense

To make informed decisions, you need to know all of the potential punishments on the table. I know how to put together the strongest defense that protects your rights and your future. For a free initial consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney, send me an email or call 864-236-4631.