Know your rights and legal consequences
6/18/2020, 6 p.m.
A criminal conviction will have significant and life-altering consequences. A simple mis- demeanor criminal conviction for an offense such as a curfew violation, disorderly conduct or other offenses can prevent or hamper future employment, access to public housing and eligibility for student loans.
Anyone arrested during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Richmond may avail themselves of legal representation, at no cost, by calling the RVA Legal Collaborative at (804) 404-8521. The collaborative will provide anyone arrested with trained and experienced lawyers to assist in Richmond courts.
Do not enter into any pleas, even if offered a suspended conviction or no incarceration, until you have spoken to a legal representative. All are entitled to the availability of attorney and client privilege and rights.
Call (804) 404-8521 and request assistance. If you have already been to court and entered into a conviction, you should immediately contact the collaborative to see if that conviction, even one with a suspended sentence or probation, may be able to get a new hearing or trial, this time with a lawyer to defend your rights.
DAVID P. BAUGH
The writer is a former federal prosecutor, veteran criminal defense attorney and legal expert.