Collateral consequences are consequences automatically imposed on a person at the time of conviction, even if the Court’s sentence does not explicitly outline the consequences. Collateral consequences can affect persons convicted of juvenile offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, and probation violations in areas such as educational and professional opportunities, housing, rights to firearms, public benefits, and employment.
Our Collateral Consequences brochure lists important areas of a defendant’s life that a criminal conviction can affect. The brochure can be used as a quick checklist for defendants to review prior to consultation with defense counsel to discuss the collateral consequences of conviction, but does not substitute for legal advice. Feel free to print copies to share with clients.
Many other organizations have compiled research and resources on collateral consequences as well: