If you have been charged with a murder, money laundering or battery, you have been charged with a serious crime. You could be sent to jail for many years, pay a fine and be exposed to civil liability regardless of whether you are convicted of criminal charges. Therefore, you will need a lawyer who can help you fight the case and get an outcome that is favorable to you.
Don’t Lose Your Livelihood Over Criminal Charges
You could be fired for merely being charged with a crime. If you have been pulled over for a DUI, you could be terminated before the case against you has been completed. While you may not be able to get your current job back, you don’t want to jeopardize getting a new job. If you are able to get off on the charge against you, there is a chance that the charge may be expunged. Expunged charges are completely wiped off a person’s record and don’t have to be disclosed to employers in the future. That could be the difference between finding employment and not being able to provide for your family.
You May Be Restricted From Getting Into a Foreign Country
If you have been convicted of a crime, you won’t be allowed entry to certain countries such as Canada for a minimum of 10 years. In some cases, you may never be allowed entry. If you have friends or family overseas, it may be impossible to see them again unless they come to visit you. Even if you know that you didn’t do what you are being accused of, your criminal record is the only thing that will be looked at when you attempt to leave the nation.
Don’t Risk Losing Some of Your Civil Rights
Those who have been convicted of a felony may not be able to vote or buy a gun. This means that you won’t have the ability to protect yourself or your family if someone attacks you or your family. You won’t be able to vote for your preferred candidate in a local, state or national election. While many people don’t feel as if their vote matters, it could change the course of public policy in ways that you can’t imagine. Therefore, you will want to be able to preserve that right now and in the future.
Do You Have to Tell Your Neighbors That You Were Convicted?
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may need to register in your community and tell your neighbors what you have done. This can be embarrassing and put your life in danger. You will want to protect your safety and your good name as strongly as possible in a case where you have been accused of sexual assault or otherwise endangering the welfare of a child.
Long Trials Can Be Stressful and Costly
A trial can be long, stressful and costly. A good attorney can take steps to get you in and out of court as soon as possible with a favorable outcome. If you have been acquitted of the charges against you, it may be possible to sue in civil court for defamation of character. While it is unlikely that you would win a lot of money, you could recoup a small amount of the money you invested to defend yourself.
Those who are being charged with a crime need to think about all of the implications of a conviction. Even if you avoid jail, you still risk losing some of your rights and ability to earn a living after the trial is over. Therefore, you should look for only the best attorneys who can help you get through one of the worst situations that you could go through in life.
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