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Domestic violence: 6 collateral consequences to consider

Domestic violence charges are difficult for a man to face. In the end, the disposition of the case is what matters. If you are convicted of the charge, there are several ways that your life might change.

Domestic violence convictions come with a host of penalties, which depend on your actual sentence. Another thing that will occur is collateral consequences. These are the consequences that you have to deal with that aren't imposed by the sentencing judge.

If you are facing domestic violence charges, think carefully about these collateral consequences as you are working on the defense. These consequences can have a huge impact on your life.

#1: Gun ownership

If you are convicted of a domestic violence charge, your right to own a gun will be affected. At a minimum, you are looking at a five-year waiting period for being able to own a gun. This time doesn't start until your court-imposed penalty is complete. If your charge was a felony related to domestic violence, there is a chance that your right to own a gun is forever lost.

#2: Social stigma

The social stigma of a domestic violence conviction is often difficult to deal with. People might judge you when they learn about your conviction. On top of this, you might not be able to go out to bars and parties with friends because of stipulations of probation if the court orders you to serve time on probation.

#3: Employment problems

You might have difficulties finding work after a domestic violence conviction. This charge is considered a violent charge, so employers might consider that when they are evaluating you for a position. This could also prevent you from being able to hold a job in certain fields, such as early childhood education.

#4: Family unit breakdown

Your family unit will suffer because of this conviction. You will likely have a restraining order placed against you so that you can't have contact with the victim. The court might also order that you have only supervised visitation with your children.

#5: Public assistance prohibitions

You might be ineligible for certain types of public assistance because of the conviction. This can make it hard to get on your feet or keep your life moving forward if you fall on hard times.

#6: Life restrictions

If you are placed on probation or on parole, you will have to abide by the restrictions of the program. These could include restrictions on where you can travel and what social activities you can participate in.

As you can see, there are many collateral consequences that come along with a domestic violence conviction. For that reason, you will want to work with an experienced lawyer when facing domestic violence charges in order to avoid a conviction whenever possible. 

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