What Civil Rights are Taken Away with a Felony Conviction?

What Civil Rights are Taken Away with a Felony Conviction?

In Arizona, there are three main civil rights that are taken away from an individual upon a felony conviction. (1) the right to possess a deadly weapon or firearm, (2) the right to vote and (3) the right hold public office. Once a person is convicted of a felony in Arizona, these rights are automatically stripped and are not restored unless applied for through petitioning the court, or through Arizona’s automatic restoration of rights statute for some first-time felony offenders. While most everyone who is convicted of a felony in Arizona will be eligible to have their right to vote and hold public office restored, there are quite a few statutory restrictions on who may have their right to possess a firearm restored.

Possessing a firearm when your rights have been stripped and not restored can likely result in a felony conviction and prison time, even if you didn’t know your rights were not restored. It is important to understand where you stand in the eyes of the law. Also, it is important to remember that Arizona’s prohibited possessor statute doesn’t only apply to firearms. If your right to possess a firearm has been taken away, you may be prohibited from possessing any deadly weapon that is designed for deadly use.

If you need help looking up your court information or to petition the court to restore your rights, you can contact me at our office (480) 498-8998 or through the Contact Me page on this site.

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About the Author – Criminal Defense Lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona

Steven Scharboneau is an Arizona attorney practicing criminal defense law and is also a lobbyist with deep roots in the Phoenix Metro area. While he primarily practices in the area of Arizona criminal law, he also practices in other areas where the opportunity to represent the accused presents itself. Beyond the courtroom, Steven advocates for Arizonans impacted by the criminal justice system by working to change Arizona’s criminal laws. Protecting the rights of others from government intrusion is Steven’s passion in life.

This blog is intended to offer explanations of criminal laws and discuss general and basic legal concepts in Arizona. If you have questions or comments specific to a blog entry, feel free to contact me. Nothing on this site is to be construed as legal advice nor to establish an attorney client relationship. If  you would like  more information regarding  your specific situation, you can contact me 24/7 at (480) 363-0090 or through the Contact Me page on this site.