What Rights Do I Lose When Convicted of a Felony?

The rights a person loses when convicted of a felony depend largely on the state laws in which the felon resides, notes The Law Dictionary. The right to vote, own a gun and serve on a jury are some examples of rights affected by state laws.

Many states restrict a felon’s right to vote; however, there are some states that still allow the felon to vote. Maine and Vermont allow felons to vote, including via absentee ballots from prison, notes ProCon.org. Other states, including Michigan, Louisiana and California, allow felons to vote after completing either incarceration sentences or incarceration time plus probation or parole terms. Felons in other states, including Alabama and Nevada, may lose voting rights permanently.

Gun ownership laws vary for felons, according to The Law Dictionary. Some states base the ability of the felon to own a firearm on the crime for which the felon was convicted. Felons can have a passport but might be denied entry to some countries based on their felon status. They might also be forbidden from holding certain jobs or receiving certain government benefits.

Jury duty service is also affected by felony convictions. The jury duty pool is drawn from registered voters, according to FelonyRestrictions.com from Jail Media. While jury duty service by a felon might be possible in some states, all felons are prohibited from serving on a federal jury.