Domestic violence charges should never be taken lightly. If you are convicted, you may face severe punishments and charges that impact the rest of your life, from family life to employment to living situations. If you've been charged with domestic violence, get the immediate help and representation of a skilled lawyer who can guide you through your complex circumstances.
Punishments for a Domestic Violence Conviction
Those convicted of domestic violence are subject to mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Domestic violence can include assault, stalking, physical harm, threatening, and any action that attempts to control and / or manipulate another person in a relationship with the offender. This can include a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, parent, child, or other individual.
If convicted, you could experience the following penalties:
- 26 Week Intervention Program
- 12 Months Probationary Period
- Community Service Hours
- Inability to Own a Gun
- Time in County Jail or Prison
- Permanent Criminal Record (can’t be sealed or expunged)
These penalties are harsh. When combined with the lifelong consequences of these charges, they are almost unbearably difficult to deal with.
Lifelong Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
Perhaps one of the most frustrating and shocking realizations for those who have been convicted of domestic violence is the realization that the impact of the charge does not end when they have served their time or completed their probationary period.
A conviction of domestic violence can affect any or all of the following:
- Public Employment: Most likely, someone convicted will have a difficult, if not impossible, time trying to obtain or hold any public service job such as teaching, nursing, public office, police work, etc.
- General Employment: If convicted of domestic violence, there is a chance you may lose your job, especially if your job requires child care, weapon handling, or transportation of dangerous materials.
- Public Records: Because your record will remain on public databases for the rest of your life, it will be difficult to find employment, especially high-level employment.
- Professional Licensing: You may lose current professional licensing (teaching, legal licensing, medical licensing, etc.) and have a difficult time obtaining future licenses.
- Child Custody: Primary child custody cannot be given to a convicted domestic violence offender. This conviction will greatly affect family relationships and rights.
- Renting & Leasing: While some state laws prohibit renting or leasing to a convicted domestic violence offender, many will refuse to rent or lease anyway.
- Loans: Obtaining a loan may also be incredibly difficult with a conviction of domestic violence and can put you in a strained financial situation.
With many of these consequences, finances become a burden and lead to further problems for the accused. In addition, a protective order is often issued for at least the first few days after charges are brought, whether or not the charges are founded. This can lead to problems if the alleged offender is prevented from entering his or her own home and doesn't have a place to stay.
Protect Your Future with Rudenberg & Glasser
The consequences of a domestic violence conviction are serious. Protect yourself before your whole life is impacted! At Rudenberg & Glasser, P.A., our skilled Fort Lauderdale domestic violence attorneys can capably represent your rights and fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf. We have helped numerous clients charged with domestic violence obtain a satisfactory outcome. We work around the clock to help clients secure their future. With thousands of cases handled, you can trust we have the experience to vigorously defend your rights.
Contact us today for a completely free consultation. We are available 24/7!