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Facing a felony offense is an intense and severe matter. Unfortunately, you may find that you can experience a plethora of ramifications following a conviction. However, you may assume that once you do the time, you can move on with your life. This is far from the truth. In many instances, a felony conviction will severely impact your career opportunities. If you’re facing a felony, knowing how to proceed is crucial. The following blog explores how an Anne Arundel and Howard County, Maryland criminal defense lawyer can assist you if facing charges.

What Career Complications Can I Expect After a Felony Conviction?

Some states, like Maryland, discourage employers from asking too many questions about an applicant’s arrest record and judge based on the severity of the crime and how recent the offense was. However, this is often only applicable to misdemeanor crimes. Unfortunately, a felony charge is much more serious and can often be why someone is denied a job opportunity.

If you are charged and convicted of a felony offense, you could lose your current position, especially if the crime relates to your job. For example, if you are an accountant charged with embezzlement, you would likely lose your job. If you aren’t terminated for the crime, you may be fired because of how much work you miss while attending court hearings and meeting with your attorney.

Unfortunately, those who decide to pursue another career path after a felony conviction may have a challenging time getting the education necessary to start in a new field. If you want to return to college, you must disclose your status as a convicted felon, which may lower your chances of admission. If you are not rejected, you may have a more challenging time paying for school, as you will likely not receive federal student aid.

What Should I Do if I am Facing a Felony Charge?

If you are facing a felony charge, the most important thing you must do is to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a criminal conviction can significantly disrupt your life, so doing what you can to avoid a conviction is essential.

An experienced attorney will examine the details of your case to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances. In some instances, this could be uncovering a constitutional violation that negates the validity of your charges. In other instances, your attorney may be able to negotiate a lower offense, which can remove the felony and replace it with a misdemeanor charge.

When you’re in trouble, the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz is ready to help. Our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you through these challenging times. Contact us today to learn how we can guide you during this process.

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