A felony conviction can result in punishments like fines and jail time, but those are rarely the only consequences of such crimes. A conviction can also affect your career, your business, and all that you have worked for. If you are worried about professional consequences, you need to talk to a Bergen County, New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who can help you defend yourself.
Will My Current Job Fire Me Due to a Felony Conviction?
There is probably nothing preventing your current job from firing you if you have a felony conviction. This is especially true if you have to take off time to go to court or, even worse, serve a prison sentence. If you are an at-will employee, like many workers in this country, your employer could easily cut ties with you due to concerns for their own reputation and the safety of their workplace.
Could a Felony Conviction Affect My Education Options?
If you are currently in school, like a college or trade program, a felony conviction could jeopardize your progress. If you were relying on financial aid, a crime on your record could make it difficult or impossible to qualify for certain types of assistance or scholarships.
What If I Have a Professional License?
If you are already hard at work in your chosen field, a felony conviction can still derail your career. If you are some kind of professional that needed to be licensed, you could end up facing consequences from the board or regulator in charge of your industry. Plenty of professionals, from eye doctors to electricians, have to work hard to get a license. Being convicted of a crime could cause a license to be suspended or even revoked. In one fell swoop, the career that you worked so hard for could be over.
Should I Hire an Attorney?
This is why you must hire an attorney. Whether you are just starting out or you are established in your field, a felony conviction can wreck all of your plans. Your lawyer will work with you to form the most effective possible defensive strategy. They can:
- Get evidence thrown out
- Help you plead out to lesser charges
- Get charges dismissed
- Prepare you for testimony or depositions
- Speak on your behalf so that you do not risk incriminating yourself
- Help you deal with professional consequences, or refer you to a lawyer who can
Fighting a felony charge on your own is just not a risk you can afford to take. Talk to our attorneys today.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Contact the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi and schedule your consultation with our team. We can look over your case and tell you more about how we can help you avoid legal and professional punishments that could upend your life. Call us today.