In North Carolina, the consequences of felony convictions are serious. Upon conviction, individuals may face lengthy prison sentences, expensive fines, loss of voting rights, and may find it difficult to obtain housing, secure employment, and obtain financial assistance. Additionally, individuals convicted of felonies may be subject to negative public stigmas which can make social reintegration more difficult.
In addition to the criminal penalties associated with a felony conviction, there are also collateral consequences such as the inability to own or possess firearms. Those convicted of certain offenses may also have their driver’s license suspended or revoked. Furthermore, a felony conviction can prevent an individual from obtaining professional licenses and educational opportunities.
Upon release from prison, individuals may also face additional restrictions. This may include parole or probation, where individuals are required to comply with certain rules or risk facing further criminal charges. They may also face restrictions on their ability to travel out of state or to certain areas or engage in certain activities. Individuals who are unable to meet certain obligations may have their parole revoked and be sent back to prison.
To help those returning to society from incarceration, North Carolina offers numerous reentry programs. These programs provide resources and support for individuals who are recently released from custody. They help former offenders with job placement, housing assistance, and connecting them with social services, health care providers, and other mental health services. Such programs can help reduce recidivism by facilitating successful reintegration into society and helping former offenders change their behaviors in a positive way.
The consequences of felony convictions are serious and life-altering. Contact Hale Law Firm, PC today, if you are a loved one are facing felony charges and need representation.