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What are the Consequences of a Criminal Conviction?

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I have seen far too many people plead guilty in their criminal case without considering all the consequences that a conviction carries. This is why it’s important to find a criminal attorney who will fight for you every step of the way. It may seem like you’re getting a good deal from the state when you don’t have to go to prison, but a conviction can leave a mark on your life long after your case is over.

What Can be Impacted by a Criminal Conviction?

Your Voting Rights

  • In Massachusetts, you cannot vote while incarcerated for a felony, but you can vote again once you’re released.


  • A felony conviction can mean that you’re not eligible for a professional license or certain forms of employment, such as law enforcement.
  • You will also have to report your conviction on any job applications you complete in the future.

Federal Benefits

  • A drug crime conviction can mean that you are not eligible for federal student loans or food stamps.

Driver’s License

  • If you’re convicted of OUI, that may cause you to lose your drivers license for a period of time, or indefinitely
  • The same is true for some drug convictions

Your Right to Own a Gun

  • Under both federal and Massachusetts law, if you are convicted of a felony or many domestic violence offenses, that disqualifies you from being able to legally be in possession of a gun
  • Even misdemeanor convictions can greatly impact your gun rights
    • If you have an LTC or FID, a misdemeanor conviction will automatically result in the revocation or suspension of your gun license
    • Many misdemeanor convictions will disqualify you from legally owning a gun ever again

Child Custody 

  •  Any criminal conviction, even if it’s a misdemeanor could negatively impact your child custody rights.
  • This is especially true if the conviction was for domestic violence or assault
  • If you are falsely accused of domestic violence, you should hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights to see your family

Immigration Status

  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen, a criminal conviction could cause you to be deported, and if you’re in the process of adjusting your status, this could lead to the denial of your Green Card
  • Even if you’re here legally, your immigration status could be jeopardized
    • If you were not born in the Unites States and you have been charged with a crime, it is critical that you hire an attorney who understands both criminal and immigration law.

Even if pleading guilty to a crime doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to prison, it’s critical that you understand the possible consequences of a criminal conviction.  I am an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, and I will fight for you every step of the way. If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact me, and I will leave no stone unturned to assure that you’ll have the best chance of obtaining a positive outcome at the conclusion of your case.

I have office locations in Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, but take criminal defense cases all over Massachusetts. Call or text me today at 617-295-7500!


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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