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3 ways a criminal conviction can cost you

In Prescott Valley, like most other places, a criminal conviction is no joke. Whether you are facing charges for drug possession or domestic violence, a conviction can adversely affect your life in many ways. However, a criminal charge does not always have to end in conviction. With the right defense strategy, you might be able to successfully fight back against the charges and avoid all the negative consequences that come along with a conviction.

You probably already know that a criminal charge can cost you time. You may have to spend time in jail or countless hours in court. In addition to the legal ramifications, there are other ways that a conviction can affect your wallet. These are a few common ways that a criminal conviction can cost you.

Court fees

Even a minor traffic offense can rack up court costs. A more serious offense could end up costing you a great deal more. In addition, if you receive jail time as part of your sentence, you might have to pay fees related to that. You may also have to pay other fees associated with probation, court costs and record-keeping fees and possibly even restitution to the victim, when applicable. These fees can add up quickly and could cost you thousands.

Effects on your job

A criminal conviction could also cost you your job. Having a criminal conviction on your record might lead your employer to let you go. Even if you do not get convicted, your boss might fire you for missing work to go to court. If this happens and the court does convict you, it might be extremely difficult to find another job. The conviction will appear on background checks that potential employers run and might cost you future employment.

Other financial issues

The combined issues of owing court fees and a possible job loss could snowball into some very serious financial problems. If your finances suffer and you cannot keep up with the payments associated with the conviction, the court might further penalize you for non-payment. For example, failure to pay court fees could violate terms of your probation and you could end up in jail.

If you are facing a criminal charge, keep in mind that you still have rights and options. You can fight back against the charges and possibly win your case if you are able to build a proper defense.

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