Restore Civil Rights
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After a conviction of a criminal offense, you may have restricted rights, such as limitations on the right to bear arms, voting, right to serve on a jury, or other rights that you lost due to your conviction. Fortunately, there are legal options in gaining back these rights in many cases, which is an important step for most citizens. Arizona has a statutory procedure for restoration of civil rights that have been lost due to a criminal conviction. If you have been convicted of a criminal violation and are seeking to have your rights restored, this firm can help.
Restoring Civil Rights after First Felony Offense
According to A.R.S. § 13-912, if this is the first felony conviction for an individual, civil rights shall automatically be restored once all terms of probation have been satisfied and/or the individual has received an absolute discharge from imprisonment and any fines or restitution have been paid. There are certain exceptions and an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to discuss your legal options in restoring your civil rights.
Restoring Civil Rights After Two or More Felonies
According to A.R.S. § 13-905 and A.R.S. § 13-906, a person may make application to have their rights restored after being convicted of two or more felonies and either completing probation or receiving an absolute discharge from imprisonment. Under certain circumstances, such as convictions involving ‘dangerous offenses’, a person will not be able to file for restoration of the right to possess or carry a firearm. Under other circumstances, such as if the person was convicted of certain ‘serious offenses’, the person will not be able to file for restoration of gun rights for ten years from the date of discharge from probation or absolute discharge from prison. In most other cases, a person must wait two years from the date of discharge from probation or absolute discharge from prison before filing a petition to restore gun rights. It is advisable to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine whether you will be able to restore your civil rights after two or more felony convictions.
Restoring civil rights are crucial matters to many individuals after serving time or being convicted of any criminal offense, and an experienced Tempe criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC can evaluate your case and determine if this opportunity is available to you.
Your right to vote after a felony conviction may need to be restored after being convicted of many types of felonies; there are few times in history when it is more important to people that they be able to vote for the candidates that reflect their views in a variety of critical issues in both Arizona and nationally. Mr. Buckallew invites you to contact his firm to evaluate your case and determine what can be done to resolve your situation. Even the most difficult cases can often be resolved through a variety of legal actions, based upon the circumstances of your specific case. He understands how important your rights are to you and your future and can advise you of the appropriate course of action to get your civil rights restored.
Contact a Tempe criminal attorney for help with restoring your rights after a conviction.