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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Can I Lose My Rights After a Felony Conviction in Ohio?

A felony conviction can harm you in a number of ways, one of which is the loss of certain rights. In fact, Ohio felons can lose rights under both state and federal law. Below are some ways in which a felony conviction in Ohio can affect your rights.

Ohio law

If you are convicted of a felony in Ohio, your rights under state law can be affected in a number of ways, including: 

  • You may lose the right to sign or be involved in the gathering of signatures for petitions, declarations, or applications related to voting or public candidacy.
  • You may lose the ability to serve on a jury or hold public office.
  • If convicted of a felony theft offense, you may lose the ability to hold certain state sales licenses.
  • You may lose the right to purchase, use, or have in your possession any guns, explosives, or ammunition. 

However, the right to serve on a jury and vote will be restored upon completion of your sentence, which includes release from probation, parole, or incarceration, and your rights regarding firearms may be restored by a petition to the court.

Federal law

As noted above, federal law also places restrictions on the rights of convicted felons. If you are convicted of a felony offense in Ohio, your rights under federal law can be affected in the following ways:

  • You may not serve in the military without special permission from the secretary of defense.
  • You may not serve in law enforcement.
  • You may be ineligible to receive a visa to travel to certain countries.
  • You may not be able to enter into some federal contracts.
  • If convicted of a felony drug or violence offense, you may ineligible for federal housing, federal financial aid, government monetary benefits, or application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • If you are a nonresident of the United States, you may face deportation, but you must be warned of this in court by the judge before entering a plea.

Ohio Criminal Defense Attorneys

Anyone charged with a felony in Ohio faces serious potential consequences, including the loss of both federal and state rights. Therefore, if you’re facing felony charges in Ohio, you should strongly consider obtaining the services of an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys will work with you to devise the best possible defense strategy for your case. At Cox Keller Lusardi, we regularly represent residents of the Miami Valley region of Ohio who have been charged with crimes, utilizing our extensive criminal defense experience to ensure that all of our clients receive the strongest defense possible. In addition, we understand the terrible anxiety engendered by an arrest and its possible consequences. Therefore, you can count on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to treat you with respect and compassion as we fight for your rights. Contact us today for a consultation.

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