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A felony is a charge given to individuals who commit serious crimes such as rape, murder or burglary and the person receives a harsher sentence than if they had committed a misdemeanor. Early English law enforced these charges by taking land or personal property from individuals who committed the acts. In more severe cases, people could lose a body part of even their life. Below are a few of the more commonly asked questions about felony law.
You may have to focus on jobs that don't require a background check. Many small companies forego the background checks due to the expense. Most construction companies don't require background checks while the larger ones do. Things like roofing, plumbing, and laborer positions can be acquired without a background check. Jobs that don't involve working with money can also be another option. Of course there are the lower paying jobs to also consider.
If you attempt to work for an employer who will conduct a background check, you should tell the employer about your felony before the background check is ran. You will show the employer that you are trying to be honest about your past instead of failing to mention it.
When you get a job, work hard and do your best. This will benefit you when you look for other employment. Your current employer is more willing to give a good recommendation to an employee who is productive. Their recommendation will help a great deal. Your felony may keep you from getting the job you want, but after you establish a good work history with one employer, your chances will grow when trying to get another job.
Case Details: I just found out that my girlfriend has a warrant for her arrest in New Mexico.
When an arrest warrant is issued for an individual, it will remain active until the matter has been resolved. This means regardless of where your girlfriend is, she can be arrested. If your girlfriend is pulled over for a moving violation, or any other type of law enforcement interaction, the police will be alerted of her warrant. Usually, the state that has the warrant on the individual has the option to extradite. Your girlfriend needs to hire an attorney to assist her with the warrant and turning herself in. The only way the warrant is going to disappear is if she deals with the situation.
Generally, as long as the charge doesn't involve domestic violence, you can have the charges dismissed or lowered to a misdemeanor. However, if this is a domestic violence charge, the decision will be made by the state as to whether the charges will be dismissed. This is usually determined by the severity of injuries sustained by the victim. You will have b3etter results in having the charges dismissed by hiring an attorney to represent you. If you can't afford to hire an attorney, you could check with your state bar and ask them if they have a pro bono referral program. Another option is to check with your local university's law clinic.
The item and the value of that item will be the determining factor of the penalty. According to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 30, offers the specific penalties for larceny; If the property stolen is a firearm or exceeds $250 in value, the penalty can include prison for up to 5 years or a fine of up to $25,000 and jail for up to 2 years. If the property is worth less than $250, up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $300. Penalties also differ if the property is stolen from a common carrier, an express business, an elderly or disabled person, if the property is a trade secret or real property.
Case Details: It's been 27 years since I got a felony conviction for cultivation of marijuana. I haven't been in any other trouble.
Once you lose your firearms rights, you can't have them re-instated. Colorado doesn't allow adult convictions to be expunged. However, Colorado does seal adult convictions but that would not be enough to have your rights to own guns returned. There is one option for you at this point and that would be to request a gubernatorial pardon. You won't need an attorney to request the pardon; however, the chance of receiving the pardon is slim. To learn more about a pardon, follow this link: http://www.dvmen.org/PDF/CO_pardon.pdf
A felony conviction is a serious charge that can potentially damage your lively hood. If you have any doubts or questions about a felony, don't hesitate to consult with an Expert.
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