The Effects of a Conviction Can Last a Lifetime
Being convicted of a criminal offense is no fun no matter where you are, but it is a particularly difficult ordeal in Texas. Texas has very few remedies available to people who have been convicted of a criminal offense, and those remedies are often very difficult to obtain.
If you have been convicted of a crime, the type of crime that you have been convicted of determines the collateral penalties of your conviction. If you have been convicted of a felony, you are disqualified under federal law from working in certain fields, including the healthcare, financial, and educational fields. In Texas, you also lose your right to own or possess a firearm or ammunition, and you lose your right to vote.
Many offenses, including most misdemeanors, can be enhanced to more serious charges if you have a previous conviction for the same offense. Employers are increasingly looking at background checks of prospective employees, and even misdemeanor convictions are causing problems for people looking for work. Worst of all, a conviction in Texas stays on your record for the rest of your life.