Crimes happen every day. People get caught speeding. Some steal from stores. Others engage in fraud. Some are accused of assault, battery, and even murder.
Some crimes are more serious than others. Speeding tickets are infractions. DUIs are often misdemeanors. Murder charges are felonies. The penalties vary based on the crime. Some require fines. Others require decades in prison. In some cases, community service or completion of substance abuse treatment programs may be required.
However, these crimes all have one thing in common: They can affect a person’s life in many ways. Even a misdemeanor can lead to fines and jail time. These crimes can stay on a person’s criminal record for life.
If you have been arrested for a crime, you need strong legal defense. A Lake County criminal lawyer from Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP will assess your case and work hard to protect your good name. We can employ strategies such as plea bargains, acquittal, and alternatives to jail, such as community service and house arrest. We can even prevent charges from being filed altogether.
We can also help you deal with old convictions that are on your criminal record. In Illinois, old DUIs and other criminal offenses can be expunged. This means they can be removed as if they never existed.
A felony conviction comes with criminal penalties such as fines and jail time. It also comes with other consequences. A convicted felon cannot vote or run for office or even serve on a jury. A felon loses his or her Second Amendment right to own firearms, as well.
A person who owns a professional license (such as a doctor, pharmacist, CPA, massage therapist, or engineer) may have it revoked. A person who is convicted of a sex crime may have to register as a sex offender. This can affect housing opportunities, as sex offenders cannot live near areas where children frequent, such as schools and parks.
There are other negative consequences to consider. A person could lose his or her job, and getting a new job with a criminal record in tow can be much harder, with many employers performing background checks on applicants. A person could lose out on student aid such as scholarships and low-income assistance such as food stamps.
There are also personal consequences. Relationships can suffer. A crime can lead to divorce. It can cause shame and embarrassment for friends and family.
Besides the obvious criminal consequences, a criminal record can affect every area of your life. You may lose out on many of your rights. You could lose out on job and housing opportunities. A criminal conviction can ruin relationships.
A Lake County criminal lawyer from Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP can protect you from these negative consequences. You have a life to live and a reputation to defend. Our experienced lawyers can provide you with aggressive representation. Learn more about your options. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling (219) 736-6500.
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