You probably are well aware of the more immediate consequences that you could face if you’re convicted of a domestic violence crime. You might already be facing an Order of Protection instituted by the court to keep you away from your alleged victim. You may have already had any guns you own taken away from you.
There are long-term consequences that you’re likely to face if convicted of domestic violence. Let’s look at some of those.
Long-term consequences of a domestic violence conviction
Some of the penalties and other consequences of a conviction for domestic violence can affect your life for many years. Three key ones are the following:
- Difficulties maintaining or securing child custody: Most orders of protection are limited, lasting only a few days. Others may last a few years. These can impact your ability to retain custody of your child. As you may suspect, winning it back once it’s been deprived can be challenging, especially if there’s some concern that you could act aggressively toward your child.
- A permanent prohibition on gun ownership: It doesn’t matter if your conviction was for a misdemeanor or felony offense. Any domestic violence conviction can permanently deprive you of your gun ownership rights.
- Limitations on career choices: As you may suspect, if you can’t possess a gun, then you can’t hold certain jobs. This includes being a police officer, security guard or any other career requiring you to possess a gun.
If you’re facing domestic violence charges, it’s crucial to seek experienced legal guidance to help you protect your rights.