Collateral Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

In addition to the criminal penalties for domestic violence, nearly every aspect of your life will be affected by a domestic violence conviction.  Domestic violence carries with it a permanent record, possible loss of rights and may interfere with your current or future employment.

 A domestic violence conviction is permanent.  It is important to note that a criminal conviction of domestic violence cannot be expunged from your record.  Further, the record of such a conviction cannot be sealed, and therefore, you could be labeled as a violent offender for life.

 A domestic violence conviction may result in the loss of your professional license.  Depending upon the nature of the offense, it is possible that a domestic violence conviction may result in the revocation of your professional license.  The board issuing such licensing could review your conviction and determine that you have committed an offense worthy of the loss of your license.

 A domestic violence conviction may result in the loss of your immigration and/or naturalization status.  Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) provides that any noncitizen convicted after September 30, 1996 of domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment, is deportable. Therefore, a domestic violence conviction may result deportation.

 A domestic violence conviction will prohibit your from owning firearms.  Federal law prohibits you from owning a firearm if you have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.  Because the conviction cannot be expunged from your record, you will never be permitted to legally own a gun.  Furthermore, you may be unable to obtain a hunting license.

 A domestic violence conviction may result in the loss of your job or your inability to obtain a new job.  Because the domestic violence conviction would permanently appear on your record, potential employers would uncover such convictions with a routine background check. Employers are not prohibited from refusing to hire convicted criminals. It is possible that the one thing standing between you and being hired for a position would be that conviction.

You may lose custody of your children.  If you are currently in the process of a divorce, or if divorce proceeding are filed following the charges of domestic violence, you will likely lose of custody of your children.

Your housing status may be affected.  You may be ineligible for public house assistance or welfare following a domestic violence conviction.  You may be unable to rent or purchase a home.

There are a number of other potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction, and the attorney of the Joslyn Law Firm will advise you of the potential penalties and consequences associated with the facts of your case.


Joslyn Law Firm | Franklin County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Domestic violence charges can cause many challenges outside of the criminal aspect. A conviction can lead to a loss of employment, housing, and other devastating events. Having competent domestic violence defense counsel can increase your chances of a favorable result in criminal court and possibly avoid these collateral consequences.

If faced with domestic violence charges, contact theJoslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation.

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm have years of experience representing clients with complex criminal issues throughout the state of Ohio, including Delaware County and the surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Franklin County, Licking County and Fairfield County.


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