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How Can a Felony Affect My Life?

How Can a Felony Affect My Life?

How Can a Felony Affect My Life?

Felony charges are exceptionally serious charges that can follow you into your future and wreak professional, financial, emotional, and social havoc in the process. In fact, it is difficult to overstate the significance a felony charge – much less a conviction – can have on your life moving forward. If you’re facing a felony charge – or fear that you soon may be – you need the professional legal counsel of a dedicated Missouri criminal defense attorney on your side. 

In Addition to the Legal Fines and Penalties

The State of Missouri imposes serious fines and penalties for felony convictions, and these consequences are difficult enough. Once these are behind you, however, the matter is not put to rest – you will continue to face considerable setbacks that can make pursuing your goals far more difficult. 


Employers generally have the legal right to do background checks – at which point, even a felony charge without a conviction can do serious damage. Prospective employers can also ask you outright if you have any misdemeanors or felonies on your record. It’s important to also note that there are some professions – such as law enforcement – from which convicted felons are strictly barred. 


If you are a foreign national in the United States, a criminal record can dash your hopes of obtaining a green card, can impede your chances of becoming a naturalized citizen, and can even alter your current legal immigration status. 


A felony conviction can severely limit your ability to rent an apartment or house. It can also interfere with your ability to obtain a home loan and purchase your dream house. 

Driving Privileges

A misdemeanor or felony conviction that involves being under the influence of alcohol – or another intoxicating drug – behind the wheel can lead to suspension of your driver’s license, which can interfere with your ability to get and keep a job. 

Higher Education

If you have dreams of furthering your education, a misdemeanor or felony conviction can thwart your ability to obtain a federal student loan, gain acceptance into the school of your choice, or live on campus.

Gun Possession

In Missouri, all felons are banned from possessing guns. This is a lifetime ban, and it includes nonviolent felonies. 

Professional Licensure

If you are working toward professional licensure or have already earned it in your field, a felony conviction could change all that. 

Reach Out to an Experienced Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney for the Help You Need

The consequences of a felony conviction in Missouri are swift and harsh. If you’re facing a felony charge, Scott Hamblin at Scott Hamblin Attorney at Law in Jefferson City is a practiced criminal defense attorney whose more than 20 years of impressive experience handling challenging cases make him an excellent legal resource for you. Your future is too important not to bring your fiercest defense, and our skilled legal team is standing by to help – so please don’t wait to reach out and contact us for more information about what we can do for you today.  

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