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What rights will I lose after a felony conviction?

Posted on August 12, 2019

After a felony conviction in Colorado, your immediate concerns are likely to be your sentence, which may include prison time. Obviously, that is most pressing, but after serving your sentence, you need to be aware of lasting consequences of your conviction. You do not just receive the sentence the court hands down. The law also puts limits on you that you need to be aware of.

The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender explains there are many consequences of a felony conviction. Some of them may not apply to you. For example, you may be unable to hold certain professional licenses, but if you do not have a professional license or intend to ever get one, then this will not matter to you.

Some of the common consequences are those that are more universal. For example, you can no longer own a firearm, which may affect many people. In addition, you may be unable to live in public housing. There are also some professions in which you cannot work because the law forbids you from working in those areas.

Some of your consequences will also depend on the felony charge. For some convictions, you may be unable to live in a home with children.

Another consequence that depends on your person situation is the possibility of deportation if you are not a U.S. citizen. Even if you are here legally, the government could revoke your green card and make you leave the country.

The loss of rights after a felony conviction can be far-reaching. It is important to understand them so you can protect yourself from further issues. This information is for education and is not legal advice.