A verbal spat with a significant other can quickly escalate, sometimes turning physical. When this happens, allegations of wrongdoing can fly, leaving you on the receiving end of domestic violence charges. You might think that these accusations will blow over with time and you’ll then be able to return to your normal life, but the consequences of a conviction related to domestic violence can be life-altering.
The penalties you could face if convicted of domestic violence
Jail is always a possibility when you’re convicted of a criminal offense, but unlike many other offenses, violent crime convictions, including those related to domestic violence, have other far-reaching ramifications. This includes:
- A no contact or protective order being issued preventing you from seeing and speaking to your significant other and maybe even your children.
- Restrictions on your ability to own a firearm.
- Negative outcomes in a child custody proceeding.
- Trouble securing housing, which might become problematic if you’re forced to leave your primarily residence pursuant to a no contact or protective order.
- Immigration issues that could lead to deportation proceedings being initiated.
- Damage to your reputation that may be hard to overcome even in the long-term.
These are just some of the many issues that you could see if you’re convicted of or even charged with a violent crime like those pertaining to domestic violence. Fortunately, you can fight to protect yourself from those bad outcomes.
Aggressively defend yourself against domestic violence allegations
You don’t have to let the prosecution run you over with the domestic violence case they intend to present against you. But that very well might happen if you don’t work to build a compelling criminal defense. So, if you want to take charge of your situation and your future, then now is the time to get to work finding the best angles from which to approach your case.