When convicted of a criminal offense, an individual is dealt the criminal penalties and they are dealt the collateral consequences. While the criminal penalties are to be paid for a certain period of time, the collateral consequences can last for a lifetime.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense and you want to avoid as many of the criminal penalties and collateral consequences as possible, the Roko Law can help you. We have experienced Mankato criminal defense attorneys who will fight on your behalf so you can receive the best possible representation.
Fighting The Hidden Penalties
Most collateral consequences affect a person’s prospective business opportunities, their employment, and even student loans. Other areas that are affected include:
- Government benefits
- Program participation
- The ability to go back to school
- Life insurance and other types of insurance coverage
- The ability to own a firearm
Many areas of civic life are affected by a criminal conviction. The right to vote can be affected. Even when getting past that, there are opportunities that are affected simply because there is a criminal history.
Unveiling The Mystery
Many times, collateral consequences are talked about as if they are a mystery. While the impact of collateral consequences can be profound, the players in a criminal case didn’t speak of them often. Sometimes this is due to the fact that even judges are not aware of all of the collateral consequences that certain crimes can trigger. Consequently, the individuals that are charged with crimes may not understand the full ramifications that a guilty verdict could cause.
By working with a St. James criminal defense attorney who understands the collateral consequences, it is possible to fight for a better future that reduces those consequences as much as possible. By taking measures that can reduce the consequences, the chances an individual will become a productive member of society increases.
In fact, there is a percentage of those convicted of crimes that do not reoffend. By reducing collateral consequences, an individual can successfully return to society. They can build new skills and find opportunities that allow them to become productive members of society instead of turning to a life of crime to get by. Those who tend to reoffend are those with limited opportunities for success simply because their criminal record keeps them from finding meaningful employment, a nice place to live, and from furthering their education so they can move on and give themselves some kind of quality of life after their criminal penalty has been paid.
Contact A Mankato & St. James Criminal Lawyer
The collateral consequences of a conviction can last a lifetime, which is longer than the impact of the criminal penalties, such as jail time, fines, probation, and others. By fighting the charges against you, you can eliminate or reduce the collateral consequences so that you can have a much brighter future. Contact the Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office today at 507-625-5000 for a initial consultation.