Restricting Rights: Convicted Felons

American flag behind prison fenceThe state of Colorado, along with many states in America, often restricts several rights of convicted felons. If you or someone close to you has been convicted of a felony, it is important to understand your rights so you may capitalize on the freedoms you do have. Here we have described several rights that are often withheld from convicted felons in Colorado.

Commonly Restricted Rights

Colorado prohibits a felon from voting while serving their sentence of confinement or while on parole. Convicted felons may vote while on probation. After completing the sentence of confinement or parole, a felon will need to register to vote, even if they were previously registered before their conviction. There are no emails, letters, or personnel that call to inform a convicted felon that they are eligible to vote again – so it is important to actively pursue restoration of this coveted right. However, it is a Class 5 felony to register to vote or to vote in an election while ineligible, so it is wise to seek professional assistance when aiming to restore your right to vote. Additionally, convicted felons in Colorado are often prohibited from purchasing or obtaining firearms. Depending on the nature of the conviction, some felons may be eligible to hold public office. On a case by case basis, felons may have certain rights restored.

If you have further questions about the restricted rights of felons in Colorado, or you need felony bail assistance, call our professional team today at (303) 573-1114!