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How will a felony impact my life in Arizona?

Arizona is a great place to live, especially with the summer heat behind us. You might plan to take the kids to a pumpkin patch during the day, hang out at the local bar at night and have a BBQ with the family this weekend. Unfortunately, an unexpected felony charge could change everything.

Arizona takes felony charges seriously and will enforce major penalties. People accused of felony offenses not only face jail time and fines, their lives can be changed for years. A felony conviction can affect everything from child custody to career choices. If you are facing felony criminal charges then you should contact an attorney immediately. A legal professional can help mitigate the impact of a felony charge.

Possible consequences for a felony conviction

Housing may be restricted or revoked. The moving process is stressful enough without a criminal record. Landlords may deny your application if you have a felony conviction on your record. Depending on the type of offense and the city, public housing can be revoked all together.

Driving privileges can be restricted. A third DUI within seven years may be charged as a felony (known as an aggravated DUI in Arizona). Your license can be revoked for three years, negatively impacting your ability to get to work, pick up your kids and even complete simple errands.

Child custody can be taken away. Felony convictions are often used in family court to argue against joint custody of a child. You may no longer be able to have your kids stay overnight with you, especially if you are convicted of a drug or DUI offense.

Your benefits may be cut off. Even a simple mistake can impact your ability to receive important benefits. Food stamps and Social Security benefits may be withheld for anyone with a drug related felony who is not in compliance with their probation terms.

Job options are limited. A felony on your criminal record can impact your ability to gain employment. Establishments have the right to deny employment to people with past felony convictions. The state may deny certain jobs, licenses, permits or certificates. Some licenses are prohibited for a certain amount of time, including professions such as chiropractors, pharmacy technicians, real estate agents and more.

People with felonies may face additional issues. A felony conviction will prevent you from voting, serving on a jury, possessing a gun, obtaining a commercial driver’s license, joining the U.S. armed forces or obtaining education assistance.

Unfortunately people accused of crimes continue to face barriers in life much after they pay their dues. It is important to act fast and get a strong legal defense. If you have already been convicted of a felony then you may be able to expunge your criminal record.

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