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A felony conviction can have multiple consequences beyond a fine, prison sentence, and probation. People with felony convictions also lose many of their civil rights. If you have finished your sentence and received a notice of discharge from the department of corrections or the federal prison system, consult a skilled attorney on restoring those rights.
A Citrus Park rights restoration lawyer can explain the process and help you complete your application. Restoring gun rights can be especially complicated in some cases, requiring help from legal counsel. Grand Canyon Law Group is prepared to help you move forward with your life after legal troubles.
The U.S. Constitution and court decisions throughout the years have established multiple rights for U.S. citizens. A felony conviction does not affect all of them. For example, convicted felons have a right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment, practice their religion without interference, and not be subjected to racial or other discrimination. A police officer cannot conduct a traffic stop or search a person or their property based solely on the individual’s status as a convicted felon.
However, felons in Arizona lose the right to vote. They cannot hold public office or serve on a jury. Felons also lose the right to own or possess a gun. Our seasoned attorneys in Citrus Park can help a person restore these rights after serving a felony sentence.
When someone completes a felony sentence or receives a complete discharge, they have paid their debt to society. If the sentence was for their first felony conviction, they automatically regain the right to vote, hold office, and serve on a jury, unless they have not fully paid restitution. In that case, they must apply for rights restoration.
Arizona Revised Statute §13-908 governs the application procedure for rights restoration after a felony conviction. Someone with a previous felony conviction could apply for rights restoration once they have served all aspects of their sentence and waited two years. The applicant, their local attorney, or a parole officer could file the rights restoration application.
Restoration of civil rights does not require a hearing. After filing the application, the court will review it and decide whether to grant rights restoration. If the court denies the application, it must state why. Someone who received a denial could apply to the court to reconsider the decision.
The restoration of civil rights does not restore gun rights. Someone with a felony conviction who wishes their gun rights restored must make a separate application for restoration of gun rights.
Some people are ineligible for the complete restoration of their gun rights. For example, someone convicted for a dangerous offense may never regain their gun rights. If the conviction was for a serious offense, the person must wait ten years before they can apply for restoration of their gun rights.
A skilled attorney at our firm could review someone’s criminal history and advise them whether they can apply for gun rights restoration. Even when a person might never receive full gun rights, courts can restore their right to possess a firearm in some circumstances.
Do not allow a felony conviction to deprive you of your rights forever. Once you have paid your debt to society, you deserve a chance to move forward with your life.
A Citrus Park rights restoration lawyer at our firm could help you regain the right to vote, hold public office, and serve on a jury. In many cases, we could help you get your gun rights back. Call Grand Canyon Law Group today to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney.