Voting with a Criminal Record? Let’s Chat
Last month we witnessed a tradition that we in America hold every four years in which we pick a President, choose our representatives, and vote on measures and bills that affect our everyday lives. In November of 2020, more Americans voted than ever before, and even more wanted to vote but did not or could not for various reasons.
Voting with a criminal record is a little tricky, as each state has different laws and restrictions on voters with criminal records. Let’s explore the process of voting with a criminal record because before you know it, it’ll be time to head to the polls again.
If you are convicted of a felony, you may register to vote only if the time period of your original sentence has expired. This means that if you are convicted and sentenced to four years in prison and you are released after 18 months, you still may not vote until those four years have passed.
Individuals with a misdemeanor may vote, even from jail, but they must request an absentee ballot. If you were convicted of a felony at the federal level, even if the charge was out of state, you will still be held to Oklahoma laws: you may vote when your original sentence has passed.
Though we’ve only just passed our election season, it’s always important to know how to make your voice count, regardless of whether you have a criminal record or not. During this last election season, some individuals with criminal records were arrested for registering to vote when they were not eligible, and it is important that you do not fall into the same fate. Click hereto research your voting rights with a criminal record.
If you’re currently facing criminal legal challenges, contact the law offices of Fassio Law, PLLC, and discover what they can do for you.
Happy Holidays Anyway!
As we gather (or refrain from gathering) for the holidays and try to get in the holiday spirit, it’s easy to get bummed out. However, this isn’t your average holiday season. Officials are recommending that we celebrate only within our household, making the holiday season even more challenging and isolated.
However, our fellow Oklahomans have decked the halls with holly, taking precautionary measures to retain a sense of normal and bring in the holidays with cheer. According to Metro Family Magazine, there’s still some holiday cheer left in 2020, and they’re highlighting some events around the city where you and your household can enjoy some holiday spirit.
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“No Chewing Gum!”...
We’ve spent quite some time discussing strange laws here in the United States. Well, let’s take a journey across the water and discover some laws in other countries that we can be grateful aren’t here in the United States!
Did you know that in Singapore, it is illegal to chew gum? Years ago, vandals used chewing gum to disrupt the Mass Rapid Transit System and as a result, Singapore banned all gum sales in 1992. Any individuals caught importing or selling gum will be fined or jailed.
What does Mens Rea mean?
You’ve heard it a lot on television; what is its definition?
Check out our newsletter next month for the answer!
Last month’s answer was: C: Punishment!
The three objectives of criminal law are Deterrence, Retribution, and Incapacitation.
Question of the Month
Do you think our justice system is fair?
In what ways do you believe our justice system could become more fair?