Allegations of Domestic Violence are serious and create a complex group of legal issues. These can have long-lasting consequences. Don't fight them alone!
Domestic Violence Criminal Charges
Domestic Violence, more times than not, ends up with one party being arrested. This results in criminal charges and permeant arrest records. Depending on the facts of your case this could result in a misdemeanor or a felony charge. A conviction of Domestic Violence can affect your employment, ability to own weapons, your housing, potentially your right to vote, and custody of your child(ren).
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders are the only restraining orders that trigger real time police enforcement. Once a petition is filed to get one of these, a Judge can issue a temporary restraining order. This order will remain in effect until a mandatory 10 day hearing can be held to determine if a permanent restraining order is appropriate. If a temporary restraining order is granted this can affect your employment, your ability to stay in your home, restrict your access to your children, and make you have to forfeit your guns. If a permanent restraining order with or without a finding of Domestic Violence is entered it can carry all the same restrictions and more.
Custody Issues After Domestic Violence
Being convicted of Domestic Violence or having a finding of Domestic Violence against you can lead to very serious implications concerning the custody of your child(ren). Having a court deem you dangerous is never a positive fact while fighting for time with your child(ren). Handling all the matters above quickly and strategically is an important part of keeping your rights as a parent in tact.