The thought of most people who have to face criminal charges is that they don’t want to serve a sentence in jail. Although this is important, one should also be aware of the consequences of a conviction in FL before they sign and accept the plea of recommendation designated for a criminal conviction.
How Are You Going to Pay the Fees Associated with The Conviction?
Before anything else, it’s important to think about how the plea or fees associated with the conviction are going to get paid. A lot of people are guilty of accepting the ‘negotiated’ type convictions without thinking how they’re going to shoulder the fines related to it. Thus, it’s very crucial to have an idea before taking a plea– this would prevent you from explaining to a judge why you weren’t able to pay. Likewise, consider other opportunities of extra income– this would help in setting you up for a hassle-free discharge after the sentence or probation.
This can also be helpful in case a potential employer questions about your criminal background– you would be able to show that you were able to accept responsibility and ownership of having your life back on track.
For those who are not a US citizen, a criminal conviction could lead to a possible deportation, failure to re-entry, or denial of a citizenship in the US. That’s why it’s essential to seek with a criminal attorney before having a plea.
Current and Future Career Options
No doubt, criminal convictions will always have an impact on a person’s employment opportunity. There are some convictions that can completely exclude a person from some career options. For instance, school districts in Florida don’t hire people who were once convicted of being sex offenders. Then, there are some regulatory agencies who don’t give a license to those who have a felony conviction. To prevent that, review the guidelines first before entering a plea of guilty.
Preparation for Public Disclosure
There’s no denying that criminal convictions are definitely frustrating, stressful, and bothersome because everyone can check your criminal history by simply going to the clerk’s office. With that, a lot of people are tempted to lie on their employment applications.
Even for convictions that are just minor in nature, being untruthful on the employment application could lead to termination and a black mark on the employment history. Thus, it would be better to address the history up front in such a case an employer asks for it.
On the other hand, in case you got denied because of the actual conviction, see to it that the denial is based on what the conviction actually represents.
Reputation on One’s Rights
This can be the hardest impact of conviction to a person’s life. In Florida, a felony conviction implies that you won’t have the right to serve on a jury or obtain a firearm. Basically, the consequences of being charged as an offender would always be there– this would affect one’s personal life, jobs you can get, and how people would treat you.
These are just some of the possible consequences of a conviction. Thus, it’s very important to consult a criminal defense lawyer first before signing a plea.