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Collateral Consequences Of Convictions

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, the collateral consequences can have far-reaching consequences that affect you much longer than the actual criminal penalties. This is especially a problem if you are a minor or a college student, or if this is your first offense.

One mistake in the criminal justice system may negatively affect your career opportunities, your continued education goals and other aspects of your future. It is important to take action to prevent or minimize as many of these consequences as possible.

If you are worried about how your arrest will affect your future, contact me, Ann Arbor DUI and criminal defense attorney Stacey M. Washington.

I am an experienced criminal defense lawyer with more than 30 years of legal experience. I will work diligently to help reduce your charges or, if possible, get the case dismissed in order to achieve the best possible outcome on your behalf. In some cases, you may be able to honestly say that you have never been convicted of a crime.

Washtenaw County Michigan Lawyer Helping You Avoid Collateral Consequences

DUI and criminal convictions can lead to large fines, suspended or revoked licenses, probation and jail or prison time. Eventually, you will be able to pay the fine, you can get your license back, and the jail or prison time will end. The collateral consequences, however, may affect you the rest of your life:

  • You may be denied admission into graduate school, law school or medical school.
  • You may be denied for rental applications.
  • You could be denied financial aid, scholarships and other school funding.
  • You may have certain awards or honors revoked.
  • You could lose your current job or be denied a promotion.
  • Your reputation in the community or certain social circles may be tarnished.
  • In some very serious situations, you may need to move from your current home.
  • Some convictions, such as DUIs, will remain on your record forever.

Don’t let your mistakes affect you for the rest of your life. If you were arrested for a crime, contact me right away so I can begin protecting your rights and your future. As a former prosecutor, I understand the strategies behind sentencing and the tactics used to obtain a conviction. I will use my skill and experience to do everything I can to negotiate alternative sentencing so that a conviction does not appear on your record in the first place. It may also be possible to convince the prosecution to lessen the charge so it minimizes the collateral effects. Of course, it may also be possible to entirely avoid a conviction.

Contact An Ann Arbor Criminal Lawyer Today

Contact me to learn how I can help minimize the collateral consequences of a criminal charge. Call me at 734-274-6567. You can also email my Michigan law office. My compassionate, experienced legal care can help you through your tough situation.