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What rights do you lose when you become a convicted felon?

Convictions for federal crimes, any other type of felony or even some misdemeanors can result in your civil rights being greatly restricted not just in the short term, but for the rest of your life.

Most convicted felons are restricted from applying for or receiving state or federal grants and benefits including food stamps, Social Security Income or public housing.

When it comes to job seeking, while many types of discrimination are unauthorized under current state and federal laws, discriminating against someone because of his or her criminal record doesn't seem to be an issue.

Many private employers are entitled to use the results of a background check in making a decision as to whether to hire a prospective employee.

Current law allows government agencies and other public employers such as school systems, day cares, police departments and the military to not hire felons. Anyone with a felony conviction on their record may also be denied professional licenses necessary to hold jobs in their field as well.

In addition to difficulties in securing employment, those convicted of felonies may be restricted from voting while incarcerated and for a period of time after their release. In some jurisdictions, an individual with a felony conviction on their record may forever be restricted from voting altogether.

Most felons forever relinquish their rights to purchase or own a firearm.

International travel may prove to be a difficult fete for felons. This largely has to do with the fact that travel is seen as a privilege and not a right. Many countries have policies in place that restrict who enters the country, even if that individual possesses a United States passport.

A felon may face difficulty when it comes to a judge rendering custody decisions.

He or she may also have difficulty qualifying for a loan or lease as well.

If you're facing criminal charges, then a Clinton, Maryland, attorney can advise you of the many other consequences of having a felony conviction on your record.

Source: The Law Dictionary, "What rights do convicted felons lose?," accessed March 07, 2018

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