Baton Rouge Criminal Lawyer Explains Restoring Voter Rights After A Felony Offense
While it is widely known that conviction of a felony offense will result in a loss of voter's rights, it is less widely known that those rights are automatically restored upon completion of imprisonment, probation, or parole.
The Louisiana Election Code provisions restricting voting rights for those convicted of a felony offense apply only to those who are "under an order of imprisonment," which is defined to include those defendants who are serving a suspended sentence, or who are on probation or parole. Upon successful completion of any and all of these requirements, a convicted felon may then submit an application for voter registration.
In a class action lawsuit filed last year, a number of plaintiffs dealing with long term parole and probation sentences are raising questions about extension of voting ineligibility to those offenders who are not incarcerated. The suit, spearheaded by an organization called ExOffender, alleges that the denial of voting rights to these offenders who are not incarcerated is unconstitutional under the Louisiana Constitution. This suit is still underway at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, with an upcoming hearing in March of 2017.
Those offenders who have completed all imprisonment, suspended sentence, probation, and parole requirements may register or re-register to vote in person at the registrar's office in the proper Parish of residence. Online registration applications can also be submitted at The Secretary of State website.
Felony crimes are serious and they can involve complex legal processes. Having a trusted Baton Rouge criminal lawyer on your side is important to ensure you are represented fairly. At Rozas & Rozas law firm, we have experience handling cases for individuals accused of a wide range of crimes including DWI and DUI, assault, battery, sex crimes, theft, fraud as well as internet crimes and federal charges.
Our Baton Rouge criminal lawyers have extensive expertise in Louisiana criminal law and we can help guide you through this difficult time. We are dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome and we provide one-on-one attention and focus to each and every client. Contact our Baton Rouge, LA law firm for a consultation at 225-478-1111.
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