Domestic violence is a crime that the courts take seriously, and if you are arrested for a domestic violence offense you may receive stiff penalties and punishments from the court, and the conviction can follow you around for the rest of your life. In the event that you are arrested for a domestic violence crime, it is absolutely essential that you immediately contact a criminal defense attorney who specializes in domestic violence cases. Your lawyer may be able to get the case dismissed, or work out a plea agreement that will remove the domestic violence charge from your record. Some of the consequences of a domestic violence conviction include:
In many cases, being found guilty of a domestic violence offense will result in an expensive bill that you have to pay. It is not uncommon to have to pay fines to the court, and also be ordered to enroll in months of domestic violence education classes that you have to pay for out of pocket. After spending all of that money, you will still have a domestic violence conviction on your record which can cause future problems.
Loss of 2nd Amendment Rights
In 1996, the United States Congress approved the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban. Under this law, anyone who is convicted of a domestic violence offense, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, is permanently banned from owning, using, transporting, or shipping a firearm or ammunition.
Difficulty Obtaining Employment
A domestic violence conviction can make it much harder to find a good job. Many companies conduct extensive background checks, and the presence of this type of conviction can make you a less desirable candidate compared to someone with similar education and experience who does not have a criminal record.
Inability to Get a Fingerprint Clearance Card
Some professions, such as teachers, social workers, medical professionals, and government workers may be required to obtain a fingerprint clearance card prior to employment and hold the clearance while employed. If you have a domestic violence conviction, you will not be able to get a finger print clearance card. This fact may prevent you from entering your career field of choice, or cause you to lose your current job if it requires fingerprint clearance.
If the domestic violence event you are convicted for involved your children's other parent and the relationship or marriage ends, you conviction may effect custody arrangements and how often you are able to see your children. Due to your conviction, the courts may order that visitation has to be supervised or you may not be allowed to see your kids for overnight visits in your home. Contact a law firm, such as the Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices, for more information.