UNDERSTANDING BARRIER OFFENSES

When a person is convicted of a barrier crime, he or she may be barred from doing certain work, or being eligible for certain services or benefits.

For instance, a robbery conviction could prevent a person from working in the hospital, nursing or home care field. Those convicted of felonies may lose their right to vote, hold office or possess a firearm. 

Even juveniles may have driving privileges suspended or delayed; may be disqualified from receiving awards or scholarships or being accepted into certain schools; and may not be able to enlist in the armed services.

It is important to understand the ramifications of a conviction. Check with your attorney, or contact the Virginia Bar Association for a referral.

 

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