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A conviction can involve more than fines and jail time

A criminal conviction comes with many life-changing consequences. Not only can it result in expensive fines and a considerable sentence of imprisonment, but it can also have negative effects in other areas of life. However, a person who’s been charged with a crime has the right to avoid these consequences by contesting the charges in court.

Possible repercussions in New Jersey

The penalties for each crime are different, but they all imply a negative consequence on the perpetrator. In New Jersey, the conviction of a crime can affect a person in ways that go beyond fines and jail time. Some of the additional consequences that a person can suffer after the conviction of a crime include:

  • Driver’s license restriction: a conviction for some crimes, like driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), can lead to a driver’s license suspension.
  • Loss of professional license: a criminal conviction can result in the suspension or revocation of a professional license, such as licenses for doctors, teachers, attorneys and more.
  • Impact on gun rights: a person convicted of a violent crime in New Jersey cannot purchase, own, possess or control a firearm.
  • Effects on housing and employment opportunities: criminal background checks are common, and employers and landlords sometimes refuse to establish a relationship with a person with a criminal record.
  • Reputational damage: a criminal conviction also carries a social stigma that can make the convicted individual suffer from rejection or disapproval from others.

The penalties of a conviction depend on the severity of the crime. Depending on the criminal charges, one might experience more or fewer of these consequences.

The rights of the accused

It is important to remember that being charged with a crime does not always lead to a conviction. If you are facing criminal charges, know that you have the right to fight the charges in court. A criminal defense attorney can help build your case to protect your rights and prepare a tough defense. Don’t wait to start your defense: contact the McGuire, Aziz & Associates by calling 732-704-7331 or sending us an email.