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What are the rights lost upon a felony conviction?

If you have been accused of a felony in Kentucky, you will lose some of your civil rights and abilities if you are convicted. It is important to understand what rights you will lose because in some cases, you could end up in more trouble if you do not recognize a lost right.

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy notes that sometimes the felony crime for which you are convicted will determine which rights you lose. For example, drug convictions can lead to being ineligible for the food stamp program or student financial aid. A conviction of a crime that makes you a sex offender eliminates some of your rights to live and work with or around children. You may even lose parental rights for convictions for child abuse or other child-related crimes.

However, you may also lose rights regardless of the crime. All felons lose their rights to sell, own, transport or have in their possession a fire arm. If you are an immigrant and not a citizen of the Unites States, you may be deported upon felony conviction. Many professional licenses are revoked upon conviction, too. You may also be automatically ineligible to live in public housing.

There are also more personal losses upon a felony conviction. You may be treated differently by others or be unable to volunteer for certain organizations. You may find it hard to secure employment or lose your current job. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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