Although a felony conviction would generally cause most people to expect a prison sentence, fees, and fines, there are collateral consequences of a felony conviction in Texas, as well. As a result, individuals may suffer consequences that remain in place long after they have served their criminal sentences for the felony offense.
First, a convicted felon may not vote or serve on a jury or grand jury. These rights, however, may be restored by a judge upon successful completion of a felony sentence and probation.
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony cannot hold public elected office. They also cannot possess a firearm for a period of five years following their release from incarceration, supervision, or parole.
Some felony convictions, such as those that involve refusal of a blood or breath test in a DWI case and habitual traffic violators, also may experience the suspension of their drivers’ licenses for a certain period of time.
There also are various employment opportunities that individuals who have been convicted of a felony potentially may be unable to pursue. These jobs may include auctioneer, insurance agent, dental hygienist, marriage counselor, registered nurse, chiropractor, or psychologist, among others.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may face special consequences related to your immigration status if you are convicted of or even simply accused of committing a felony offense. Depending on the existence of prior convictions and the nature of the felony offense, it is very likely that those with no lawful immigration status may be placed in deportation proceedings. Legal residents, or those with green cards, also are subject to deportation for committing criminal offenses in many cases.
If you find yourself charged with any type of criminal offense, you need legal advice that only experienced Texas criminal defense attorneys can offer you. As the consequences of any criminal conviction may be severe, you should immediately contact a skilled defense lawyer for help if you have been accused of a criminal offense. Peek & Toland provides strong legal representation on a regular basis for individuals who are charged with various crimes. It is our priority is to represent your interests and protect your rights. Call us at (512) 474-4445 and schedule an appointment to speak with us today.