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Relief from the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction: A State-by-State Resource Guide
By Margaret Colgate Love
William S. Hein & Co. (2006)
Reviewed by Alan Ellis and James H. Feldman Jr.
We say that people convicted of criminal offenses who complete their
sentences have “paid their debt to society,” but as criminal defense
attorneys, we know those debts never seem to be truly paid in full. The
collateral consequences of criminal convictions are many, and vary from
state to state. They often include the loss of important civil rights,
including the right to possess firearms, vote, and serve on juries.
Convictions may also result in limits on employment and professional
Although federal and state law provides for pardons as a way (at least
in theory) to remove these burdens from people who have been
rehabilitated and no longer pose any threat of recidivism, few people
apply for this type of relief — even in states which grant a high
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