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Consequences of a Criminal Charge in New Haven

Anytime you are charged with a criminal offense, you face a possibility of incarceration, fines, and probation as a direct result of a criminal conviction.

In addition to those direct consequences, there are also collateral consequences, which include the inability to have certain licenses, possible driver license suspension, firearm prohibitions, the inability to vote, inability to obtain federal housing assistance, and the inability to get student loans.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Haven, it is very important to get in contact with a New Haven criminal lawyer to ensure you are knowledgeable about the options in your case. In addition, an experienced attorney will work diligently to minimize the consequences you may be facing as much as possible.

If Your Penalty is a Fine and You Cannot Pay

There are two different penalties, if the court imposes them, and if we are able to work out some sort of plea disposition that involved a fine, then an attorney would ensure that the person was able to pay those fines before negotiating that type of agreement. Typically, if a court imposes a fine, it is something that has already been addressed with the individual.

However, there is a unique situation where someone enters into a plea deal and a part of that plea deal requires them to pay restitution. For example, if there’s a complainant in a case who was the victim of a theft, or if there is property that was damaged or if there was sustained out-of-pocket medical bills that they have to pay. Oftentimes, courts will impose a obligation on a plea deal or any sentence stating that the defendant pay that restitution. If a defendant cannot pay that restitution, there is a possible defense of inability to pay. Generally, a fine that is signed is typically negotiated beforehand.

If a person is incarcerated and cannot pay a fine, the Department of Correction can prolong their sentence and essentially give them what they call working off the fine and which means they get a per diem credit towards that fine.

Effects on Immigration Status

A criminal charge or conviction can absolutely affect your immigration status. The immigration consequences that are directly tied to the outcome of a criminal case are a major factor in assessing any possible criminal plea or outcome associated with criminal charges. Very often, criminal convictions can lead to deportation or the ability to become a citizen and it is a major concern that we deal with anytime were dealing with a non-citizen client.

How an Attorney Can Help

Anytime an individual is facing possible employment consequences or security clearance consequences associated with a criminal case, it is something that an attorney addresses and discusses with the individual. They can orchestrate and try to arrange an outcome, a disposition to minimize any possible impact that a criminal conviction may have on an employment situation.

Attorneys certainly discuss how a charge may affect a person’s security clearance and it is something that they discuss with an individual and anticipate and try to minimize when assessing possible options on whether to work out a plea deal or go to trial.