Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction On Your Record


Almost any type of crime can be tagged with domestic violence if the abuse or violence is inflicted by a family member on another person living in the household. Many domestic violence charges involve incidents between spouses or intimate partners. Domestic violence is a serious problem, and what many people do not know is that a domestic violence conviction can cause long term problems, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony. If you are charged with a domestic violence offense, it is imperative that you hire an experienced criminal lawyer to represent you in court. A domestic violence conviction on your record can have the following repercussions:

Complete Loss of Gun Rights

In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban which permanently bans a person who has a domestic violence conviction from owning, shipping, transporting, or using a gun or ammunition. It does not matter if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony--once that conviction is on your criminal record, you will completely lose your gun rights.

Unable to Get Fingerprint Clearance

A wide variety of jobs, such as those in the government and medical sector, as well as positions that involve working with children, require a fingerprint clearance card. In many states, if you have a domestic violence conviction you will not be able to obtain a fingerprint clearance card. If you already work in a job that requires fingerprint clearance, your card can be revoked, and there is the possibility that you may be out of a job. If you are going to school for a career that requires fingerprint clearance, all of your time and hard work will be wasted if a domestic violence conviction is entered on your record.

Difficulty Renting Property

In the majority of cases, renting an apartment or house requires a criminal background check. You may be a completely normal person who made a major mistake in the heat of the moment, but unfortunately some landlords or apartment complexes may deny your rental application on the account of having a violent crime conviction on your record.

Finding a Job May Be Harder

Just like renting property, most employment opportunities require a candidate to pass a thorough background check. These background checks include your criminal record, so any potential employer will see your domestic violence conviction. In a competitive job market, you may lose a number of employment opportunities, as employers may opt to hire a similarly qualified individual who has not been convicted of any violent crimes.

If you are convicted of domestic violence, a criminal lawyer can work with you and the prosecution to reduce your charges, or possibly get them dropped completely.

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Hi, my name is Jessica Hawkins and welcome to my law blog. My mom and dad are both attorneys so I grew up with a lot of law talk around the house. Even though I decided not to become an attorney, I still have an interest in the law. Plus, when I visit my parents, that's all they want to talk about, so I still learn what I can about the law so that I can join in on the conversation. I wanted to create a blog to inform others about various aspects of the law. In this blog, you'll also find out about the different types of attorney specialties and when it's best to consult an attorney. I hope that you find my blog useful and that it helps to answer your law questions.

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