Ask A Lawyer

Tell Us Your Case Information for Fastest Lawyer Match!

Please include all relevant details from your case including where, when, and who it involoves.
Case details that can effectively describe the legal situation while also staying concise generally receive the best responses from lawyers.


By submitting this lawyer request, I confirm I have read and agree to the Consent to Receive Email, Phone, Text Messages, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy. Information provided may not be privileged or confidential.

The Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Maryland

by Randolph Rice on May. 13, 2017

Criminal 

Summary: When most people think about the consequences of a criminal conviction, they think about penalties like fines, probation, community service, and jail time.

When most people think about the consequences of a criminal conviction, they think about penalties like fines, probation, community service, and jail time. While these are certainly possible after a criminal conviction in Maryland, there are also significant collateral consequences that may occur, some of which may affect your life more adversely than the consequences imposed by the court.

Professional Consequences

Many professions such as law, medicine, and accounting require you to obtain and maintain a license from a state licensing board. Having criminal convictions can make obtaining a license more difficult and can mean a current license may be suspended or revoked, which means your career in that profession must come to a halt. Even if you do not need a professional license, it may be challenging to get hired if a company does a background check and learns about your criminal record.

Academic Consequences

Higher education programs generally consider any misconduct in your past when determining your acceptance to a program and a conviction can keep you from being admitted to the program of your choice. In addition, convictions for drug-related offenses can disqualify you from eligibility for federal financial aid, which can prevent you from being able to attend the program you want.

Immigration Consequences

For people who are not American citizens, a criminal conviction could have an impact on their ability to stay in the country. Importantly, this is true even for non-citizens who have achieved permanent resident status (commonly referred to as a “green card”). Importantly, even relatively minor criminal offenses could have immigration consequences, so any non-citizen who has been accused of a crime should speak with an attorney knowledgeable about the way in which criminal matters can affect immigration status prior to taking any action that may affect their rights, including accepting a plea bargain that involves Probation Before Judgment (PBJ).

Contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice Today to Speak With a Baltimore Criminal Defense Lawyer

A criminal conviction can result in consequences that last long after any court-imposed sentence. As a result, you should do everything possible to avoid being convicted of a crime and to mitigate the consequences you are facing. To learn how Baltimore criminal defense attorney Randolph Rice can help you, call us today at 410-288-2900 or send us an email through our online contact form.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/criminal-convictions
2 https://www.uscis.gov/greencard

Legal Articles Additional Disclaimer

Lawyer.com is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice. Content posted on Lawyer.com is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated and is not reviewed or commented on by Lawyer.com. The application of law to any set of facts is a highly specialized skill, practiced by lawyers and often dependent on jurisdiction. Content on the site of a legal nature may or may not be accurate for a particular state or jurisdiction and may largely depend on specific circumstances surrounding individual cases, which may or may not be consistent with your circumstances or may no longer be up-to-date to the extent that laws have changed since posting. Legal articles therefore are for review as general research and for use in helping to gauge a lawyer's expertise on a matter. If you are seeking specific legal advice, Lawyer.com recommends that you contact a lawyer to review your specific issues. See Lawyer.com's full Terms of Use for more information.