Felonies are the most serious crimes in the criminal justice system. These are crimes that, at minimum, can result in a year in prison. More than that, however, a conviction will lead to a lifetime of restrictions for a person. This is why it is so vitally important that someone charged with a felony have experienced representation. A criminal defense attorney with experience in felony cases can help a person through this difficult time and help a person achieve the best possible outcome for their charges.
One right that is restricted for felons in Oregon is the right to bear arms. Under Oregon law, it is a class C felony for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm and a class A misdemeanor for a felon to be in possession of a restricted weapon. Even if a gun is just found in your possession, you can be charged with a felony. It also does not matter if the conviction occurred in another state, it is illegal for a convicted felon from any state to possess a gun in Oregon.
Some states also restrict voting rights for convicted felons. In Oregon, a person is only restricted from voting while they serve their sentence. Once they are released from prison, they are free to vote again. In other states, however, the restrictions can be permanent. If you have been convicted of a felony, it is important to look into any restrictions you may have before moving.
There also may be certain employment restrictions if you have been convicted of a felony. It is illegal to discriminate against people based on their criminal records, but it can certainly be taken into consideration when comparing candidates. And for some positions (such as bank teller, child care worker, etc.) a felony conviction may disqualify you.
Because the punishments for a felony can literally last a lifetime, contact a lawyer at Kroll & Johnson right away to discuss your arrest. We have represented many clients charged with felonies and can provide the representation you deserve during this difficult time. To learn more, contact us today.