When an individual is charged with a crime, the impact of the charge reaches far beyond the courtroom. An individual is not only facing possible criminal penalties, such as a jail sentence or probation period, but there are often civil penalties or consequences that arise out of the criminal charge. Housing, employment, public benefits, immigration status, education, driver’s licenses, and many other aspects of an individual’s life may be affected by the existence of a criminal charge.
It is important for anyone charged with a crime – and the attorneys who represent them – to understand the civil consequences of criminal charges. CPCS provides trainings and advice about civil consequences for court-appointed criminal defense attorneys across Massachusetts. Although CPCS cannot provide representation in most related civil matters, we provide advice and referrals for clients who are seeking assistance with non-criminal matters.