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Long-Term Problems with a Criminal Conviction
Background Check for Jobs, Renting an Apartment, or Volunteer Work - Many employers will not hire someone with a conviction, many landlords will not rent to someone with a conviction and many volunteer agencies will not work with someone with a conviction.
License Suspension - Certain crimes, such as DUI, car theft, vehicular assault, or vehicular homicide can result in license suspension or license revocation.
 
Firearms - Certain offenses result in the prohibition against firearms ownership. For instance, if you are convicted of a domestic violence assault you cannot possess a firearm. If you hunt, it would be illegal for you to hunt with a firearm.
Immigration - If you are not a citizen, many convictions could result in deportation, exclusion from the US, or denial of citizenship.
Sex Offender Registration - A conviction for a sex offense will require sex offender registration. That means that a convicted sex offender has to report to the police where he is living. The police can put it on their sex offender website, tell neighbors, and even report it in the news media. These laws are very complicated and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements can result in another felony and in many cases a new prison sentence. Offenders classified as level 2 or level 3 must report to the sheriff every 90 days.
Unable to Vote - A convicted felon cannot vote until the court says that he or she can vote by restoring their civil rights.
College Financial Aid - A drug conviction could prevent you from receiving federal financial aid if you are a college student.
 
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Probation - The court can impose probation, (if a felony, the term is community custody) that requires a convicted person to comply with a probation officer's directives and court imposed requirements and directives. As an example, if you are convicted of drunk driving, you face probation of five years.
Contact my law firm in Seattle, Washington, to learn more of the long-term problems associated with a criminal background.
 
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