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The Consequences of Being a Convicted Felon in California

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose criminal defense attorneys, convicted felon, felony criminal charges, incarceration, right to bear armsBeing convicted of a felony (i.e. a crime for which you can be sentenced to serve a year or more in prison) can carry consequences that reach far beyond the prison sentence that one will likely be sentenced to serve. Moreover, those facing felony criminal charges in California are often curious about how their rights and privileges will be impacted after rejoining society if they are ultimately convicted. 

The Right to Vote

In California, convicted felons lose their right to vote until they complete their term of incarceration and parole. This means that a felon may not vote while serving time nor while out on parole. Additional helpful information about California’s voter eligibility requirements can be found on the California Secretary of State’s website.

The Right to Bear Arms

While the second amendment protects the right to bear arms, this right is not absolute and convicted felons in California automatically lose their right to bear arms for life. However, under some limited situations (for example, if you are pardoned for your crime) an offender’s gun rights can be restored.

Employment Opportunities

Having a criminal record can greatly impact your employment opportunities as many employers conduct background checks and are reluctant to hire convicted felons (at least for some positions). However, California lawmakers have passed a variety of laws aimed at assisting job seekers who have had run ins with the law in the past find employment. For example, California employers are prohibited from asking job applicants about arrests that did not lead to a conviction, whether the applicant was referred to or participated in a diversion program, criminal convictions that have been sealed or expunged, and juvenile offenses.

Immigration Status

Immigrants who have not naturalized (i.e. who have not become U.S. citizens) should be aware that being convicted of a crime in the U.S. can greatly impact your immigration status, it can even get you deported. Please note that this is the case even if you are in the United States legally—all non-citizen immigrants are generally eligible for deportation if convicted of a felony. Therefore, if you are a non-citizen and have been accused of committing a crime in the U.S. be sure to immediately consult with a local attorney to discuss your legal options.

Reach Out to Our Office for Help Today

As you can see, the consequences of being a convicted felon in California are often felt long after an offender has repaid his or her debts to society. At Jachimowicz Law Group, our experienced San Jose criminal defense attorneys believe in defending the wrongly accused but also understand that people make mistakes and that second chances are often deserved. This is why our firm works tirelessly to prove our clients’ innocence, fight to reduce felony charges to misdemeanors when possible, and help eligible clients expunge their criminal records.







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