After Effects Of Domestic Violence Conviction
(This information is for both males and females)
Many people believe being convicted for a DV offense is no big deal......Think again. Whether you are male or female, your life will never be the same. Some of the normal privileges that you now so generously enjoy, and take for granted, will most definitely be stripped from you. Read further to see how all of this can affect you in a negative way. Hopefully, if you are an abuser, you will change...get help to change after you read this.
Public records and associated pains and penalties.
1. Public employment: You probably cannot hold any public service job, including teaching, nursing, social services, public office, etc. That is particularly true if you are with the police or fire department.
2. General employment: You will probably lose any current job you have. Whatever your profession, statistics show there is about an 80% chance you will lose your job if convicted of domestic violence. That is specifically true if you are in a position that requires you to carry a weapon or handle or transport ammunition, explosives, or other hazardous materials, e.g. truck driver, mining, mineral exploration, construction.
3. Public records: Your conviction is a matter of public record and you will find it extremely difficult to find another position except of the most menial kind. Even if the court agrees at the end of your probation to "seal" your records will typically remain on these databases as well as many others for the rest of your life.
We have never seen an example where a convicted offender's criminal records were not easily obtainable even though the individual claimed their records had been "sealed" or removed from public records. It is in the public interest that individual criminal records are easily obtainable.
4. Professional licenses: You will likely lose any professional licenses, certificates, or bonds you may have, i.e., medical, legal, broker, teaching, securities, financial, commercial driver, airplane pilot, etc.
Obviously after a domestic violence conviction you will not be able to obtain any of these certificates or licenses in the future.
5. Child custody: As a convicted domestic violence offender primary custody cannot pass to you. It is also common for children to end up in foster homes if their parent(s) are convicted of domestic violence. A domestic violence conviction may often lead to a man being condemned to pay child support for children he is not the biological father of, and for children he does not, or cannot have contact with.
The law on paternity was slightly modified in 2008 but It is critical that paternity testing be done before any child support orders are entered.
6. Renting and leasing: Some state laws prohibits landlords from enforcing a lease or rental agreement when domestic violence is involved. Consequently, most will not rent or lease to anyone with a DV conviction.
7. Loans: You may find it impossible to obtain a loan or buy a house with a domestic violence conviction on your record. Banks and mortgage companies have apparently suffered too many defaults after domestic violence was alleged in divorces so your credit rating will crater.
Generally student loans are not available to anyone with a domestic violence conviction.
8. Loss of home and bankruptcy: Loss of employment, child support, and the expense of having to support two households typically means the family home will be sold or, at best, the wife will retain it and the husband pay for it after a domestic violence conviction.
The financial strain associated with these added burdens commonly leads to bankruptcy or, far too frequently, suicide.
So if you have been charged with domestic violence and haven't taken a plea bargain you had best consider getting a competent criminal defense attorney and defending yourself.