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The Consequences of a Felony Conviction in California

Under California law, a felony is a crime for which a defendant can be imprisoned for more than a year. While felony convictions can result in jail time, they also generally have long-lasting repercussions. Unfortunately, when a person is convicted of a felony in California, certain rights and privileges can be lost. If you or someone you love is being charged with a felony, it is critical to obtain the support of an experienced criminal defense attorney. With office locations in Redlands and San Bernardino, the criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP can provide you with the support you need.

The criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have represented many defendants through the years, successfully helping them get their charges or sentences reduced. With their team’s extensive experience in handling a variety of felony cases, the firm understands what is needed to build a strong legal defense to reach reduced charges or a lessened sentence. When facing felony charges, consider hiring the support of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP. Call (909) 894-0812 to schedule your complimentary case evaluation today.

A Felony Conviction Can Have Devastating Repercussions

Many people fail to recognize that when they are convicted of a felony, they will lose many rights as a citizen. For many, their biggest concern lies in facing imprisonment, but in most cases, the biggest hurdles arrive after the prison sentence has been served. The following are just some of the consequences a felony conviction can have.

  1. The Inability to Hold a State License – Under current state law, consequences of a felony conviction can include the denial, suspension, or even revocation of a state business or professional license. If the crime is related to the functions, duties, or qualifications of the profession or business, convicted felons may be unable to hold a license.

Under a felony conviction, the following professions may be affected: Nurse practitioner, Physician, Pharmacist, Dentist, Social worker, Physical therapist, and Real estate agent.

  1. Voting Rights are Revoked – Under current California law, convicted felons who are serving time in state or federal prison are not allowed to vote. Once the person has completed parole, his or her voting rights will be restored but he or she must re-register to vote.
  2. Lifetime Ban from Gun Ownership – Anyone who has been convicted of a felony in the State of California will face a permanent ban from owning firearms. Since the state requires those seeking to purchase a firearm to undergo a background check, it becomes impossible for gun buyers to legally purchase a firearm after a felony conviction.
  3. Parental Rights May Be Affected – For parents seeking custody of their children, maintaining custody can be challenging after a felony conviction. When the other parent has the ability to care and provide for the child, it is likely that this parent will be awarded sole custody of the child.

Obtain the Qualified Support of an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

A felony conviction can affect many areas of a person’s life. Unfortunately, once a person is convicted of a felony, there are few options available, which may restore certain rights. If you or someone you love is facing felony charges, contact an experienced attorney who can assess your case and provide you with necessary legal advice.

The criminal defense attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP have assisted many criminal defendants through the complex legal process that helped them reduce their felony sentence. The firm understands that a felony charge can carry significant and far-reaching consequences. For this reason, the firm works aggressively to ensure serious consequences are avoided. To ensure you gain the best possible outcome in your case, consider obtaining the legal support and guidance of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP. Schedule your no-obligation consultation with the firm by calling (909) 894-0812 or complete the confidential constant form here.

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Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.