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Domestic violence is a serious accusation, which, if you are convicted, could result in a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the details of that particular case. No one wants to accuse a person of falsely accusing another of something as serious as domestic violence, but false accusations are more common than one would think. It has been reported that over 20 million people have been falsely accused of domestic violence. If you are facing domestic violence accusations, whether you feel the accusations are true or false, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer before making your plea.
Attorney Dod of Dod Law has extensive experience helping clients who have been accused of domestic violence. It is crucial that you have an experienced lawyer on your side who can help you understand the unexpected consequences of a domestic violence conviction.
Three Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
A domestic violence conviction can bring serious consequences to the accused. Aside from serious legal repercussions, some unexpected consequences can adversely affect an individual’s life.
Your Living Arrangements May Change
A domestic violence conviction can affect your living arrangements in a couple of different ways. First, you may be denied access to your own home if you live with your accuser. While you may think that the simple solution is to find a new place to live, many landlords will not rent to an individual who has a domestic violence conviction on their record.
The second way a domestic violence conviction can affect where you live has to do with your citizenship. If you are trying to become a citizen or are not a citizen, this conviction may result in denial of citizenship or deportation.
Your Employment Could Be Affected
If you are convicted of domestic violence, this conviction may prevent you from advancing in your career and your ability to obtain promotions or leadership roles. This conviction may prevent you from being hired by employers if you are unemployed, as this charge will show up on your background check.
You may not work in certain fields if you were convicted of a domestic violence charge. Those fields may include careers where you would need to work with women, children, or vulnerable populations.
Restrictions on Your Actions
You may be surprised that a domestic violence conviction can restrict many actions you have not thought twice about before. One restriction may involve you being unable to contact your abuser without legal repercussions. Even if your accuser is the one who contacted you, you may still be in violation of the judge’s orders. You may also be required to surrender any firearms, and you could be restricted from purchasing any guns in the future.
Partner With an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer
Being convicted of domestic violence can have unexpected consequences on a person’s life that can affect them for years to come. Before you move forward with a domestic violence trial, you should partner with an experienced domestic violence lawyer who may be able to help prevent these consequences from happening to you.
Dod Law is a criminal defense law firm with over 17 years of experience helping clients who have been accused of domestic violence in California. Attorney Dod has the award-winning legal skills to provide his clients with the dedicated representation they deserve. To schedule a free case review, contact Attorney Dod here or call (619) 814-5110.