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What are the Consequences of a Conviction?


Stephen Shepard

Stephen Shepard is the Principal Attorney and Counselor at Law at The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC in Towson, MD.

Aside from possible jail time and/or a fine, there are several collateral consequences of a conviction for a criminal, DUI/DWI, or serious traffic offense that can linger for the rest of your life. To give you an idea of the breadth of the consequences that stem from a conviction, the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction lists 896 possible collateral consequences in the State of Maryland alone. That’s a lot! This blog post focuses on three of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction: Employment, firearms, and professional licenses.

Employment Consequences

One major consequence of a criminal conviction is that it acts as a major barrier to obtaining gainful employment and earning an honest living. For example, a 2009 survey of employers found that found that 73 percent of employers surveyed conducted criminal background checks for “all job candidates.” Numerous studies, too many to cover in a blog post, found that employers are generally reluctant to hire people who have a criminal record.

Firearms Consequences

A conviction for certain offenses can have potentially prohibit you from purchasing, owning, possessing, or using a firearm. In fact, it is a crime for a “prohibited person” to purchase, own, or possess a regulated firearm in the State of Maryland. Click here for a complete list of categories of prohibited people in the State of Maryland.

Professional License Consequences

People needing a professional license to work face special collateral consequences from a conviction in some cases. A conviction in certain cases can result in you being denied or ineligible for a license to be a private investigator, attorney, plumber, real estate broker, home inspector, security guard, accountant, electrician, cosmetologist, locksmith, law enforcement officer, and more. As you can see, the number of professional job opportunities for someone with a criminal conviction on his or her record is vastly decreased.

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Avoid the collateral consequences of a conviction or try to minimize the potential collateral consequences by hiring an experienced Baltimore County criminal defense attorney to help you. Contact our office today for a free consultation with our principal attorney if you have been charged with a criminal, DUI/DWI, or serious traffic offense. During your free consultation, our principal attorney will discuss the facts of your case with you, possible defense strategies, and ways to avoid a conviction or minimize the consequences of a possible conviction.

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