What Consequences Follow a Felony Conviction in California?

April 6, 2023

A felony conviction in California can have serious and long-lasting consequences. These consequences can include time in state prison, fines, and a criminal record that can affect a person’s ability to find employment, housing, and other opportunities.

One of the most severe consequences of a felony conviction is the possibility of serving time in state prison. The length of the prison sentence will depend on the specific crime and the circumstances surrounding the case. For example, someone convicted of a violent crime such as murder may face a much longer prison sentence than someone convicted of a non-violent crime such as embezzlement.

In addition to prison time, a person convicted of a felony may also be required to pay fines. These fines can be substantial and can put a significant financial burden on the person convicted and their family.

Another consequence of a felony conviction is the creation of a criminal record. This record will include the person’s name, the crime for which they were convicted, and any other relevant information. This record can be accessed by potential employers, landlords, and other organizations, which can make it difficult for a person to find employment, housing, and other opportunities.

A felony conviction can also result in the loss of certain rights. For example, a person convicted of a felony may lose the right to vote, the right to own a firearm, and the right to hold public office. These rights may be restored by reducing a felony conviction to a misdemeanor if the defendant successfully finishes probation.

Immigration Consequences: Non-citizens who are convicted of a felony in California will likely face immigration consequences. This could include deportation, inadmissibility, or being barred from becoming a U.S. citizen. It’s important for non-citizens to seek legal advice before pleading guilty to any criminal charge.

Probation is also a common consequence of a felony conviction. A person may be placed on probation for a certain period of time, typically for two years, and will be required to comply with certain conditions. These conditions can include regular meetings with a probation officer, drug testing, and community service. Violating the conditions of probation can result in a person being sent to prison. However, certain felony crimes, such as domestic violence, carry long probation periods – i.e., three years.

Lastly, a felony conviction can also have a negative impact on a person’s personal and professional life. It can damage relationships with friends and family, and make it difficult to secure loans or credit. It can also make it difficult to find housing, and even if housing is found, it may be in a less desirable area.

Attorney John D. Rogers is a criminal defense attorney. He is a board-certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California. His office represents clients throughout Southern California in state and federal matters. If you’re seeking legal representation, give the Law Offices of John D. Rogers a call to schedule a free consultation.

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