Written by attorney Kenneth Albert Vercammen

Consequences of a criminal conviction

Consequences of a Criminal conviction 1 You will have a criminal record 2 You may go to Jail or Prison. 3. You will have to pay Fines and Court Costs. 4. When you are on Probation or Parole, you will have to submit to random drug and urine testing. If you violate Probation, you often go to jail. 5. You must wait 5-10 years to expunge a first offense. 2C:52-3 6. In Drug Cases, a mandatory DEDR penalty of $500-$1,000, and lose your driver's license for 6 months - 2years. 7 You could be put on Probation for up to five years. 8.. You may be required to do Community Service. 9 You lose the presumption against incarceration in future cases. 2C:44-10 You must pay restitution if the court finds there is a victim who has suffered a loss and if the court finds that you are able or will be able in the future to pay restitution. 11. Future employers may not hire you because you have a criminal record. If you are a public office holder or employee, you can be required to forfeit your office or job by virtue of your plea of guilty and may be barred from any future city, state, federal or school employment 12. If you are not a United States citizen or national, you may be removed/deported by virtue of your plea of guilty or prevented from citizenship. 13. You will have to appear in open court and tell the judge what you did that makes you guilty of the particular offense(s) in front of a crowded room of people and the records are open to the public. More info at The defense of a person charged with a criminal offense is not impossible. There are a number of viable defenses and arguments which can be pursued to achieve a successful result. Advocacy, commitment, and persistence are essential to defending a client accused of a criminal offense.

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