If you’re accused of a federal crime, you’re likely worried about the immediate penalties. These can include both financial repercussions and prison time.

However, what many don’t realize is that a felony conviction in Mississippi can carry a hefty cost long afterward. Here are some of the biggest effects of a felony conviction:

Lack of voting rights

In 48 states, anyone with a felony cannot vote in elections while incarcerated. However, Mississippi takes it a bit further. The state may disenfranchise someone with a felony conviction for their entire life.

Only twelve states prohibit former felons from voting after they've served their sentence. As a former felon, you may be barred from ever participating in state or federal elections.

Reduced housing options

Mississippi also abides by the federal restrictions around public housing assistance. If you are convicted of a violent or drug-based felony, it can restrict your housing options. Public housing officials can bar anyone with a conviction from applying for assistance in public housing. Many residences don't allow anyone with a record to live in the buildings.

If you have a felony conviction you may not be able to stay with friends or family in these public housing areas.

Less financial aid for higher education

The state restricts the loans you are applicable for with a felony conviction. This means that some federal and state-based low-interest loans are off-limits for you. This can hamper your ability to attend a college or afford higher education.

This isn’t on a case-by-case basis. It's an automatic exclusion for anyone with a felony conviction.

Narrowed career choices

Both federal and state laws prohibit some licenses with a felony conviction. The potential careers you may be restricted from include:

  • Chiropractor
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher
  • Psychiatrist

A lot of careers that require licensing will be unavailable to anyone with a felony conviction.

Fighting for your future

If you’re facing a felony charge, it’s important to fight for your immediate and long-term future.

A skilled criminal defense attorney can be a great resource. They can give you an accurate assessment of your case and provide you with all available options.

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