TRUTH OR MYTH: Once a convicted person has completed his or her court imposed sentence his debt to society has been paid in full. Myth. Although the criminal sentence has been satisfied, the person still faces a range of civil disabilities as a result of the conviction.
The Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool, or C-CAT, fills an existing gap in resources for those who regularly work with people involved with the criminal justice system, both before and after disposition. North Carolina statutes and regulations require or authorize a wide array of collateral consequences and civil disabilities when a person is convicted of a crime. C-CAT centralizes the collateral consequences imposed under North Carolina law for a criminal conviction and helps attorneys, other professionals, and affected individuals advise people more accurately and completely about the impact of a conviction.
C-CAT includes the North Carolina collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. C-CAT does not purport to provide specific legal advice in individual cases. Users should refer to relevant sections of the North Carolina General Statutes. Users should seek advice from a qualified attorney as necessary.