In New Jersey, being convicted of a crime means facing the possibility of fines and jail time. From petty disorderly persons offenses to first-degree indictable crimes, all criminal offenses carry these penalties under New Jersey law. But, as Morristown criminal attorney Scott Gorman explains, these are far from the only consequences of having a criminal record in the Garden State.
In addition to fines and jail time, individuals who are convicted of crimes in New Jersey can face many other consequences as well. These consequences include:
1. Additional Statutory Penalties
Depending on the crime of which you are convicted, you could face additional statutory penalties. For example, some convictions can result in the loss of your driver’s license. If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender. Various types of convictions can lead to mandatory education and counseling requirements, parole supervision for life, and other consequences as well.
2. Loss of Rights
Getting convicted of a crime in New Jersey can also result in the loss of certain fundamental rights. This includes the right to vote and the right to carry a gun. If you are a single parent, it can also include loss of custody or visitation rights.
3. Difficulty Finding (or Keeping) a Job
With a criminal conviction on your record, you will find it much more difficult to land a desirable job. If you are currently employed, you could lose your existing job as well. While employers cannot simply refuse to hire individuals who have criminal records, they can consider employees’ and job candidates’ records in deciding whether to extend offers of employment.
4. Academic Discipline (or Expulsion)
If you are a college student in New Jersey, getting convicted of a crime could lead to academic discipline. Depending on the severity of your charge, this could include expulsion.
5. Professional License Suspension or Revocation
If you are a licensed professional, getting convicted of a crime could lead to professional licensing action. In fact, simply being charged with a crime may trigger an obligation to report your situation to your licensing board. Potential consequences range from an informal or formal reprimand to license suspension or permanent license revocation.
6. Difficulty Finding a Place to Live
Landlords can consider applicants’ criminal backgrounds when deciding whether to sign a lease. Many landlords are hesitant to rent their premises to anyone with a recent criminal conviction.
7. Difficulty Getting a Loan
Banks and other lenders can conduct criminal background checks prior to issuing a loan. If you can’t get financing, you won’t be able to build your credit, and you won’t be able to buy a home.
Discuss Your Case with Essex County Criminal Attorney Scott Gorman
Due to the severe consequences of a criminal conviction in New Jersey, if you are facing charges, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment with Essex County criminal attorney Scott Gorman, call 973-796-3800 or request a free consultation online now. We have offices in Essex County and Morristown.
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