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Criminal Charges and SSDI Applications

If you have been charged with or convicted of a crime in the past, it is important that you tell the Social Security Administration during your application process. According to the SSA, if you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest it is imperative that you notify the SSA about this, especially if it the outstanding warrant is due to flight to avoid prosecution or confinement. Also, if you are charged with escaping from custody, or with flight escape, you will need to tell the SSA. Unfortunately, no one that is facing an outstanding warrant can receive regular disability benefits. This is even if the applicant meets all conditions and requirements.

Also, if you have been convicted of a crime, you need to tell the SSA right away, regular disability benefits or underpayments that may be due will not be paid during the months that you are confined in jail or prison due to incarceration. However, if you have family members that are receiving benefits based on your application, they can continue to receive their financial benefits while you incarcerated. According to the SSA, monthly benefits and any underpayments that may be due usually are not paid to someone who commits a crime and is confined to an institution by court order and at public expense.

For example, if an individual is found not guilty by reason of insanity or similar factors, or if the individual is incompetent to stand trial and is put in a mental institution, then the disability benefits will cease. If you violate a condition of parole or probation, then you are also required to report this to the SSA and your disability benefits will cease temporarily. If you want more information about how criminal charges can affect your ability to receive Social Security Disability Insurance, then contact an SSDI attorney at the firm today to learn more!