By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
There is no such thing as a small felony.
A felony charge or conviction tells everyone not to hire you, rent to you, or befriend you.
The textbook consequences of felony convictions and deferred adjudications are the punishment ranges for such offenses which include fine and jail time. But felonies act as trap doors due to the mountains of the collateral civil statutes which gut your rights.
Specific examples of collateral consequences of felonies are their impact on professional licensing. The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners must suspend licenses for felony convictions. The State Bar of Texas disbars attorneys convicted of felonies, and the Texas Department of Insurance may not issue a certificate of authority to act as an insurer if a corporate officer, or member of the board of directors has been convicted of a felony involving…
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