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