National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction Reveals Hidden Pitfalls of Criminal Convictions:
Persons convicted of crime are subject to a wide variety of legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions in addition to the sentence imposed by the court. These so- called “collateral consequences” of conviction have been ebacted without coordiantion between state and federal codes.
My DUI clients only become aware of all of the penalties and disabilities triggered by conviction of a particular offense when they apply for a professional license such as mortgage officer or broker (see California restrictions iusing this inventory).
Through the National Inventory, each jurisdiction’s collateral consequences will be made accessible to the public through a website that can be searched and sorted by categories and keywords.
The website makes it possible for criminal and civil lawyers to determine which collateral consequences are triggered by particular categories of offenses, for affected individuals to understand the limits on their rights, sanctions and disqualifications. Here is a link to the online National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Convictions: