A felony is a serious crime that can be charged at the state and federal
level. Interestingly, while a felony is defined as a crime with a punishment
of over a year in prison or the death penalty, there are certain misdemeanor
crimes that can result in harsher penalties than the felonies themselves.
As for felonies, like Internet crimes, rape, burglary and fraud can all
be felonies and result in serious punishments.
In Maryland’s Election Law Article, it states that individuals who
have been convicted of a felony are currently serving a court-ordered
sentence of imprisonment, parole or probation are not allowed to vote.
When the sentence is over, the individual will be allowed to vote once
again, but that does not apply for felonies where the individual was convicted
for buying or selling votes.
If you’re convicted of a felony with a sentence of two years or longer,
you will also not be able to possess a regulated firearm. A regulated
firearm is any handgun or assault weapon. Other collateral consequences
related to felonies include the inability for convicted felons to work
as personal care aides or respite care workers. Additionally, if you hold
a professional license of any kind, it could be refused, suspended or
revoked due to the conviction.
You may also find it difficult to obtain a job after receiving a
conviction for a felony. During background checks, if the conviction appears, the employer may
choose not to offer the job to you. Maryland does not have laws that limit
the amount a conviction can be considered during the hiring process, so
a felony can have a heavy impact within the state’s boundaries.
Source: The State of Maryland, “Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction” Jan. 07, 2015