A Domestic Violence Conviction Can Affect Every Aspect Of Your Life

If you are been charged with domestic violence, it is absolutely necessary to take this charge seriously. ManyDoug Houstonpeople do not realize all of the different parts of your day-to-day life a conviction of this kind can touch: Your career, custody of your children, the ability to own a firearm or continue enjoying your hunting hobby can all be affected.

Once convicted, these kinds of charges can never be erased from your record.

What is considered domestic violence? It doesn't matter if the victim does not have any visible, physical injuries. A domestic violence charge can involve attempted physical violence against a spouse or other member of the family or household. If you threw something at an individual, pushed or pointed a weapon at someone, you could be charged with domestic violence.

What are the possible penalties and consequences?

  • For a first-degree misdemeanor: You can be sentenced to jail for six months and receive as much as $1,000 in fines. If you are ever charged again, it will be recorded as a felony. If the victim was pregnant at the time and you were aware of that fact, under the law a judge must increase the jail time.
  • Second-degree misdemeanor: You can be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and as much as $750 in fines.
  • Third-degree misdemeanor: You can receive up to 60 days in jail and a fine up to $500.
  • Felony charges for domestic violence: The penalty range is six months to three years in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.

Domestic violence charges can lead to temporary protection orders, banning you from your home. If you are convicted, you are not allowed to own firearms. The crime can be used in your divorce case and it can even affect your employability. It is in your best interest to consult an attorney as soon as possible.

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