Brian J Smith
The Criminal Lawyer Weighs In: Your Family or Spouse’s Benefits When You’re Arrested
If your family uses government benefits to support everyday costs, it’s important to understand the legal terms of those benefits. What happens to them if you go to prison? It depends on which benefits you are currently receiving.
(1) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
If you are the caretaker for your children and receiving TANF, another family member can apply to be the caretaker if you are incarcerated — and the benefits may continue.
(2) Social Security Spouse and Children’s Benefits
If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, your benefits will not stop until you have been convicted of a crime and you have been incarcerated for over 30 days. If your spouse or children are receiving dependent benefits, their benefits will continue as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
(3) Veterans Cash Benefits
You will not lose your benefits until 60 days after conviction of a crime. The Veterans Administration will continue to pay dependent family members based on their needs.
As you can see, your family will most likely be OK. Stay strong, learn from your mistakes, and do your best to return to a productive life in society as soon as possible. Meanwhile, make sure that you have the best criminal attorney in Las Vegas on your side.
Need help making sense of your potential benefits? Contact us today at (702) 380-8248 for more information.