A couple having a disagreement isn't anything new. However, in a moment of intense passion, poor judgement can cause the situation to escalate and a charge of domestic violence to ensue. If you have found yourself in this type of situation, don't take the potential penalties that come along with this charge lightly.
Upon a domestic violence charge, a temporary protective order can be enacted. For a couple that has children together, this can make matters very complicated. Take a husband and wife who had a violent altercation while their young children were in the home, for example. If the husband was the aggressor, the wife could not only have him removed from the home, but the courts could also prevent the father from visiting his children without court-appointed supervision.
Going from a situation where you wake up to your child every day to one where you can only have a supervised visit can be difficult. If the charge turns into a conviction, this order could become permanent.
Professional License Revocation
A domestic violence charge and conviction can also have an effect on your ability to earn an income. This is especially the case if you hold a professional license, such as a healthcare license for nursing. A part of obtaining these types of licenses involves submitting to a criminal background check.
In some cases, depending on your employer policy, if you hold one of these license you might be required to tell your employer about the charge even before you've been convicted. Even if you don't hold a license, but are required to work under a bond, this charge can cause issue.
Even if your actions were the result of high emotions, engaging in this type of behavior is not acceptable in the eyes of the law. However, this doesn't make you a horrible person, nor do you deserve to be tossed in jail and have the key thrown away. An opportunity to learn from your mistakes so that you can move forward with your life is a better solution.
Ensuring that you are offered this type of opportunity begins with having an attorney on your side. An attorney will fight hard on your behalf to make sure you are offered a sentencing alternative like an anger management treatment program, instead of simply being handed down a jail sentence.
If you have been charged with domestic violence, don't try to fight this battle on your own. Let an attorney, like Thomas A Corletta, work with you.