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Trump is now a convicted felon. Here’s what that could mean for his rights

Trump could face restrictions on voting, travel and gun ownership.

For the first time in US history, a former – and likely future – president is now officially a convicted felon.

The guilty verdict in Donald Trump’s secret trial has opened a huge can of worms as to what it could mean for him legally. Like any other American convicted of a crime, Trump will likely face new restrictions and lose a number of rights due to his new criminal status.

Here’s what legal experts say we can expect.

Could Trump still run for president?

He most certainly could. As long as you are over 35, a natural-born citizen, and a resident of the United States for at least 14 years, you can run for president.

It wouldn’t be the first time a criminal was convicted in a presidential race: in 1920, Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Debs won 3.4 percent of the votes cast while running. jailed for sedition for speaking out against the First World War bill. .

Could he still vote?

Yes, unless he’s in prison.

Even though Florida – where Trump is registered to vote – prohibits people convicted of crimes from voting until their sentences are completed, New York law will allow him to retain his right to vote.

In New York, felons are only barred from voting if they are currently incarcerated, and voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison.

Florida law says felons are ineligible to vote “only if the conviction makes the person ineligible to vote in the state where he or she was convicted,” paving the way for Trump to vote in November – as long as he doesn’t do it. at which point he would be behind bars, in which case he would be legally barred from voting.

Could Trump own a gun?

Probably not. Under federal law and New York state law, people convicted of felonies cannot legally possess firearms.

But Trump — who told The Washington Times in 2012 that he had a concealed carry permit and owned several firearms — could eventually have the ban overturned.

“He could seek to restore that right, since his conviction was for a lower-level, nonviolent crime,” Cheryl Bader, a professor at Fordham Law, told ABC News.

Could he travel internationally?

Probably, but maybe not in some particular countries.

As part of sentencing, a judge can impose travel restrictions, but this is usually only done when there is concern the person will flee. “I would be surprised if Judge Merchan finds that travel restrictions are necessary as long as Trump does not pose a flight risk,” Bader said.

However, a number of countries, including Canada, China and the United Kingdom, refuse entry to foreign visitors convicted of crimes. Even so, it is not such a clear and simple rule, and it is often decided on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of the crime.

“These laws could cause problems for Trump depending on the outcome of his sentence and whether a particular country bans people convicted of a comparable crime… (but) the governments of those countries likely have a some discretion to lift the ban.” Betsy Ginsberg, a professor at Cardozo Law, told ABC News.

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