Convicted Felons Might Get Right to Vote Under Proposed Law
To be a convicted felon means living out a difficult rest of life. Whether on parole or on probation, you will always be labeled as a convicted felon. It will make it difficult to find and hold down a job. It can even make it harder to rent or sign a lease for an apartment.
Basically, it makes it extremely difficult to get your life back on track. This is because so much is taken away when you are incarcerated and the label keeps you from being able to get things back. It is not an ideal situation for anyone.
Fortunately, here in the state of New Jersey, lawmakers are aiming to give convicted felons back a little bit of self worth by introducing a bill that will grant the right to vote to persons convicted of indictable offense who are on parole, probation or serving sentences.
The bill, A-3456, was recently introduced in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature and would affect over 94,000 people — all of whom lost their right to vote due to conviction. Out of those 94,000 people, about 73,000 are living in the community but are not allowed to vote because they are on probation or parole.
For those still incarcerated, the bill will let them vote through a mail-in ballot in elections for the places where they lived prior to their incarceration. The bill is a step toward giving everyone a voice, which could help greatly with convicted felons and their rehabilitation process.
Crimes in NJ Can Lead to Serious Consequences
Like any other state, there are a variety of laws in place in New Jersey to ensure the safety and well-being of those in the community. Committing and being convicted of crimes in New Jersey is a serious matter that comes with serious punishments.
In this state, residents can be convicted of drug crimes, gun and other weapons offenses, DWI and DUI charges, traffic violations, sex crimes, theft, fraud, homicide and the list goes on. Each offense can mean jail time and/or a fine. Subsequent offenses only make the punishments longer and even more expensive.
Outside of those punishments, you would deal with damaging your reputation, your livelihood and your freedom. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges and you need help making a strong case, then you should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Contact John W. Tumelty to Avoid a Criminal Record
In New Jersey, John W. Tumelty is the lawyer that can help keep your slate clean. Mr. Tumelty has ample experience when it comes to criminal charges in the state. He will put all of his years of experience to work in helping you with your charges. Call him today at 609-385-4010.
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