What are some possible consequences of a criminal conviction other than fines and jail time?
While fines and jail time are the most well-known consequences of a conviction, there are other types of punishments that defendants can face if they are found guilty in court. Here are some examples of common consequences and issues that convicted felons might face:
- Restitution order: When a judge makes a restitution order, the offender is required to compensate victims for economic or monetary losses instead of paying a fine to the government.
- Forfeit personal property: A judge can order the offender to surrender any personal property that they used to commit the crime, such as a car.
- Future limitations: Sometimes a conviction can make it difficult or impossible for a person to find a job. In addition, a person could lose their professional business license or possibly be prevented from holding public office. They can even risk having their voting rights revoked.
- Criminal record: If an individual with a criminal record commits another crime in the future, they will almost always face a more severe punishment than if they were a first time offender. Most judges will take an individual’s past history into account when determining their sentence. If someone has a history of criminal behavior, it might appear as though they didn’t learn their lesson the first time around.
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