Being accused of domestic violence is a very serious situation to be in, and if charges are brought about, you will need to take action to defend yourself. It is important to note the legal definition of domestic violence when you are accused of it. This is because many people believe that domestic violence is limited to physical acts of violence. However, it is possible to be guilty of domestic violence even if you have never hurt the accuser physically. A person can be guilty of domestic violence if they have been stalking, manipulating or otherwise controlling a person in their household.
If you have been recently accused of domestic violence, it is important that you understand the ways in which it can affect your life and the defense options that may be available. The following is an overview of the consequences of a domestic violence charge.
People will view you differently
If you live in a tight-knit community, it is likely that acquaintances will learn about the charges made against you. Therefore, people will probably think differently of you, and you may lose friends as a result.
You may have trouble getting employed
A domestic violence conviction means that employers running background checks on potential employees will see this. They can decide not to hire you because of this fact, and, therefore, you. Additionally, if you are a pilot, police officer, teacher or state employee, you may not be able to hold on to your job.
You’ll likely lose your gun and hunting license
If you own a gun or a firearm, it is likely that you will be required to sell your weapons or give them up to the police after a domestic violence conviction.