Individuals who are convicted of a felony in South Carolina could lose their right to vote or the ability to buy or own a weapon. Traditionally, the public has viewed felons as bad or dangerous people who deserve to lose their rights. While this may be true in some cases, there are many easy ways to commit a felony in the United States.
For example, protesting tax laws could theoretically be a felony even if you have the right to speak out against government policy. Something as mundane as calling into work sick when you’re not actually sick could also result in a felony charge. There is also the possibility that a person was convicted of a crime that he or she didn’t commit. Currently, an estimated 2.3 million Americans are incarcerated, but up to 10% of those individuals could have been wrongfully convicted.
This means that up to 230,000 people could be in prison who have done nothing wrong. However, a person who is wrongfully convicted of a felony could face the same consequences as someone who committed arson or murder. Therefore, it could be a good idea to take a look at how governments define crimes and create punishments for those crimes. Doing so could serve as a check on potential government overreach.
A person who is facing a felony charge could spend time in prison if a conviction is obtained. Accordingly, people who find themselves in this type of a situation might find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to counter the allegations.