Many times people have other issues in addition to those that are discussed above that come up as a result of their conviction. These might include losing your right to vote and difficulty finding employment. These issues are called collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. Here are some places that can help you:
For more information on how your criminal conviction can affect your family’s housing situation, you can contact: Legal Action Center at (212) 243-1313.
For more information on how your criminal conviction can affect you and your family’s immigration situation you can contact: The New York State Defenders Association Immigrant Defense Project at (718) 858-9658 ext. 201, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM for their Hotline.
The New York State Defenders Association Immigrant Defense
3 West 29th Street, Suite 803
New York, NY 10001
You can go to www.lawhelp.org/ny
and go to the page called “Consequences of Criminal Charges.” The site includes information about criminal cases and housing, immigration, employment, certificates of rehabilitation, voting and public benefits.
This document should not take the place of a consultation with a lawyer. LIFT encourages all individuals involved with the Criminal and Family Court systems to consult with a lawyer.