Collateral Consequences

Collateral consequences are further civil penalties, in addition to the criminal penalties, that could attach to a criminal conviction.  It is important to be aware of any and all collateral consequences that could result from a criminal conviction or arrest.  If you or a loved one are facing a criminal conviction, you should seek professional legal assistance from a criminal defense attorney like John Prior.  With over 24 years of legal experience, John Prior will be able to give you the best representation possible and will also be able to counsel you through any collateral consequences that can come when facing a criminal conviction.

Professional License Holders

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There are certain collateral consequences to be aware of if you are a professional license holder and are facing a criminal conviction.  This includes (but is not limited to) those who have a medical license, a nursing license, a license to practice law, or a pilot's license.  Each professional organization has its own rules about criminal convictions.  It is possible that your professional license could be at stake if you are convicted of a crime.

Insurance Premiums

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If you are convicted of a DUI, many insurance companies will increase your car insurance premium, or could even drop coverage altogether.  This could result from a DUI arrest, even if there is no subsequent conviction.  Every insurance company and policy is different and it is important to look at your individual policy to see if this could happen to you. 

Noncitizens

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If you are not a citizen of the United States, there are certain collateral consequences that attach to a criminal conviction that you should be aware of.  For example, a DUI conviction could lead to deportation or a revocation of your visa.  The specific law that you are charged with violating will have a large impact on whether you could be deported.  It is important to tell your attorney if you are not a citizen of the United States so that you can be properly advised of these collateral consequences. 

Underage Drinkers

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If you are under the legal drinking age of 21 and get caught consuming, possessing, or purchasing alcohol, your drivers license could be suspended or revoked.  This is despite the fact that you were not operating a motor vehicle at the time of your arrest.  This can be a problem for many people under the age of 21 who rely on their car for getting to school or work.  

Forfeiture

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One of the collateral consequences that can attach to a criminal arrest or conviction is forfeiture.  Vehicle forfeiture means that, in certain circumstances, the State can seize your vehicle, sell it at an auction, and keep the proceeds from the sale.  For DUIs, the purpose of vehicle forfeiture is to act as a deterrent to driving while intoxicated.  Even a first time DUI offender could possibly have their vehicle seized if they are driving without a valid license or insurance. Seizure and forfeiture is a complicated process and the assistance of legal counsel is therefore required.