When a Missouri judge or jury convicts you of a criminal offense, you may face any number of possible repercussions, including hefty fines, possible substance abuse treatment obligations and even jail time, among others. Some offenses, however, can also come back to haunt you in other ways, and you may wind up facing what are known as collateral consequences following a criminal conviction. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that collateral consequences can have a sizable negative impact on your life, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances work to minimize the damage their criminal records cause them.
According to MO.gov., one collateral consequence you could potentially face following a criminal conviction is the inability to run for or hold a public office. If you receive some types of criminal convictions and you already hold a public office, you must typically forfeit your role, and if you receive a felony conviction, you must typically refrain from over trying to hold a public office in the future.
You may also, depending on certain circumstances, lose your ability to ever serve as a juror following a criminal conviction, and you may also lose your ability to vote. Typically, you will become disqualified from voting after a misdemeanor or felony conviction relating to the right to suffrage, and you may also lose the right to vote while serving time behind bars, or while involved in probation or parole following a felony conviction.
In the wake of a criminal conviction, you may also have to forfeit your right to possess a firearm. If your criminal conviction was for something sexual in nature, you may also have to register as a sex offender for life, depending on the details surrounding your crime. You can learn more about criminal defense by exploring our webpage.