Whitney and Schowalter Defense Attorneys

Collateral Consequences

Being charged with a crime has potential consequences


Being charged with a crime has potential consequences, including having a criminal conviction on your permanent record, or serving a criminal sentence such as probation, jail time or even prison. However, there are also consequences to being involved in the criminal justice system that many people don’t consider.

For example, many people do not consider the financial cost, both directly and indirectly from your criminal case. You may have to pay probation supervision fees, costs associated with doing statutorily mandated evaluations and classes, or fees associated with being on bond, including drug and alcohol testing.

Most alcohol or drug-related driving cases involve at least a temporary loss of driving privileges. Most of these cases include an administrative hearing with the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles where the potential to avoid losing your license, or to get a restricted license exists.

Your right to possess or own a firearm may be compromised, either temporarily or permanently. Your ability to qualify for certain state and federal programs may also be impacted, depending on the outcome of your case.

Students may be unable to qualify for state or federal financial aid programs. Likewise, an educational institution may have private, administrative processes for students who have been charged with a crime that might impact a student’s housing, or that could result in a student’s suspension or expulsion from the academic program.

Certain professionals’ licensing could be impacted.

Many criminal convictions change an individual’s status. “Sex offender” or “domestic violence” are more than just labels, and convictions for these types of crimes carry many serious and sometimes irreversible consequences.

A non-U.S. citizen’s ability to stay in this country, or to return to this country could be compromised based upon most criminal convictions or plea deals.