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What are the collateral consequences of a sex crime conviction?

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2022 | Criminal law

Not many crimes are as egregious as sex crimes. A conviction for rape, for instance, can lead to significant jail time.

However, besides these legal ramifications, a sex crime conviction does come with non-legal implications too. Here are some of the collateral consequences you might have to contend with if you are charged and convicted of a violent sex offense in North Carolina. 

Your reputation will be stained

Any criminal conviction is readily available to the public via court records. Furthermore, if you are convicted of a sex crime, your name will feature in the government-run database. With a criminal conviction of a sexual nature, you may find it difficult to rent out properties as landlords may be able to perform background checks. 

Your career could be over

A conviction for a sex offense can be a deal breaker when applying for work. And if your profession is regulated by a licensing board (like teaching, nursing or law enforcement), an arrest and conviction for a sex crime can practically bring your career to an unceremonious end.

You could be deported

Basically, sex crimes fall under what is known as “crimes of moral turpitude.” If you are a green card holder, a conviction for a sex crime can lead to your deportation from the country. And you may never be allowed to step foot in the U.S again.

You may lose some privileges

You will lose the right to own and/or possess a firearm if you are convicted of a violent sex crime. During your incarceration, you will also lose your right to vote. And as a felon, you may never sit on a jury or serve in the military.

If you are charged with any crime you need to explore your defense options. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and find a suitable defense strategy when charged with a sex crime.