If you are convicted of domestic violence or some other domestic abuse charge under Minnesota law, you could be looking at some very serious penalties, depending upon the circumstances surrounding your charge. In terms of legal penalties, you could be facing fines, jail times, and/or periods of supervised or unsupervised probation. In addition to these legal penalties, you will also have a criminal record to deal with. A domestic abuse conviction on your record could make it difficult for you to get (or keep) a job, obtain a professional license, and go to school, among other consequences.
If you have been charged with domestic abuse in Minnesota, the knowledgeable Woodbury domestic abuse lawyer Justin Schiks may be able to assist. Our skilled legal team will do everything possible to minimize your chances of a conviction in the first place. If you are ultimately convicted, our attorneys will work to minimize the legal and personal consequences of your conviction. Contact the firm directly to find out how our legal team could help.
What is Domestic Abuse in Minnesota?
Domestic abuse is a type of abuse that occurs between members of the same household. Domestic abuse could include bodily injury, physical harm, or assault. It could also involve inflicting fear or apprehension of imminent bodily injury, physical harm, or assault on a household member. Finally, it could involve terroristic threats, criminal sexual conduct, or interference with an emergency call.
Household members include former spouses, current spouses, children, parents, individuals who are related by blood, individuals who are residing together (or who have previously resided together), individuals who have a child in common, and individuals in a sexual or romantic relationship.
The Possible Impact of a Conviction
A conviction for a domestic abuse crime could have a significant impact on your life. These convictions are likely to show up during a criminal records search or background check. Potential consequences could include any of the following:
- Job loss – especially where the accused individual is employed in a public service job, such as police work, nursing, or teaching
- Loss of license – especially professional licenses for law, medicine, or teaching
- Child custody – since primary child custody will not go to someone who has been convicted of domestic violence or abuse
- Leasing and renting – since landlords are far less likely to lease to someone who has a conviction for domestic violence on his or her criminal record
- Loans – since many financial institutions will not offer a loan to someone convicted of domestic abuse
Call a Woodbury Domestic Abuse Lawyer about Your Criminal Case Today
If you have been charged with a domestic abuse crime, you need experienced legal counsel by your side right away. The lawyers at JS Defense, PA. can review your case with you and help you decide the best way to move forward. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Woodbury domestic abuse lawyer, call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for help handling every aspect of your criminal matter.