Posted on May 17, 2018
What makes up the word “criminal”?
In a society that is brimming with pressing issues and conflicts in political affairs brought upon by poverty, pride, corruption and malpractices, more and more people have stayed in the danger lane by committing hideous acts and unlawful activities.
Because of these tendencies caused by human nature to panic and be stricken by anxiety and fear, stricter government laws and police actions have been mandated so as to produce a more orderly and peaceful environment for all kinds of people. However, some instances have also exposed the vagueness behind the definitive system that produces the word “criminal”. Most often than not, criminals are referred to as those individuals who have done actions that are deemed to be unlawful and have breached the limits and restrictions set upon by a particular governing body. To be referred to as a criminal means that you have been criminally convicted or have been found guilty of a crime.
Criminal conviction is an outcome of a rigid process of criminal prosecution and ends in a verdict that the suspect or the defendant is proven guilty of a suspected crime.
What are the categories of criminal conviction?
If a defendant is deemed to be convicted of a crime, the consequences would vary depending on the weight and seriousness of the crime committed. Usually, a heavier and more serious crime would always directly result to longer prison time and larger fines. Basically, criminal convictions could be categorized into two categories: misdemeanor convictions and felony convictions. Though differentiated by the gravity of the violation, each conviction should always be subjected accordingly to appropriate punishment and consequence.
Being the lesser of two evils, misdemeanor convictions are often consisted of minor violations of the law.
Included under this category are small-time robberies and thefts, misconduct especially in public places, prostitution, drunk driving and reckless driving, shoplifting, trespassing, security breaches, vandalism, and underage drinking.
Usually, convicted criminals of these types of crimes get out of jail by paying the appropriate fines or serve months of prison time. Petty larceny and prostitution could also be categorized under this type of conviction, but could be accelerated to felony if effects are seen to have greater consequences and damages.
On the flip side of the coin, felony convictions are what constitute the attention of media and news companies. These are usually the big-time unlawful activities and could take the spotlight in every news flash. Stamped upon to criminals who have done very serious violations and offenses, felony convictions include the following crimes: battery, drug trafficking, murder, aggravated assault, arson, rape, and burglary. In reality, misdemeanor convictions could always be upgraded to a felony crime if the caused damage is concluded to be of very serious nature. Also included under felony convictions are crimes like human trafficking, domestic abuse, child abuse, vandalism of private and federal properties, attempted murder and attempted homicide, treason, and provision of assistance to a felony crime.
Felony convictions would definitely result to very lengthy jail time and settlements of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Back in the day, these heavyweight crimes automatically sentenced the criminal to a death penalty, but governments all over the world have eased up on the punishments and have started settling for lifelong imprisonment.
What are the consequences of criminal convictions?
If looked upon by plain eyesight and from an outside setting, people often conclude that punishments for these criminals are solely constituted upon heavy fines and long prison time. Little do people know that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and they have not seen the darkest effects to the conviction, yet. Among the most obvious consequences of criminal convictions, especially of felony types would be degradation in the physical and emotional capacity of the concerned individual.
Longer prison time would also mean more days of being cramped in unhygienic and crowded prison cells with controlled food supply and water intake. Crowded prison cells could also result to growth of infectious diseases and ailments.
Furthermore, the psychological effect that convictions would cause upon criminals is of greater concern. Whether it be just plain misdemeanor act or a heavy felony violation, the criminal is faced with a criminal record for the rest of his/her life. This would lead to lack of opportunities to start a new life phase, and could also diminish and damage relationships with other people.
If you or a loved one is facing a criminal conviction, contact Pollart Miller LLC for a consultation. Our experienced criminal attorneys are here to support you and fight for your best interest.