Your first thought after you have been charged with a crime in Virginia may be the fear of spending time in prison, or coming up with money for bail, fines and other financial penalties. These are not the only things that you may have to deal with in the years after a conviction, or even for the rest of your life. We at the law office of Mark B. Arthur, P.C., have often counseled clients and advocated for them in court seeking to lessen the impact of the allegations against them.
The Justice Center for The Council of State Governments explains that many crimes have the potential to prevent you from getting a professional license in certain fields, or even working in those fields as a manager or supervisor. These often include white collar crimes such as fraud or misrepresentation. Violent crimes, and weapons or sex offenses may keep you from certain jobs in health care, as well as convictions involving controlled substances.
Even though the law states that any felony or misdemeanor places a mandatory hold on you being able to qualify for certain jobs, the duration of the restrictions is often up to the court. For example, you may have a family therapist license revoked, suspended or denied if you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, but the duration of the consequences may be permanent or unspecified, and the consequence type is discretionary.
In some cases, if you are arrested, but not convicted, you may still face collateral consequences. More information about criminal defense strategies is available on our web page.