Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
2 years ago by Brian
Minnesota domestic violence convictions can lead to serious consequences that impact the accused for many years to come. Subsequent protective orders can even limit the accused’s contact with family members, including children. If you have been charged with an offense, call a Woodbury domestic violence lawyer right away.
Under the Criminal Code for the State of Minnesota, domestic violence (or domestic abuse) means assault, bodily injury, and/or physical harm – or causing fear of physical harm, bodily injury, or assault – that is done by a family member or a member of the victim’s household. When it comes to proving a crime of domestic violence, the state prosecutor has the burden of proof. If the prosecutor is able to meet his or her burden, you could be convicted of the offense, in which case it would be up to a criminal court judge to decide on the sentence in your case.
If you are facing criminal domestic violence charges, it is essential that you have experienced legal representation in your corner from the beginning of your case to the very end. The knowledgeable Woodbury domestic violence lawyers at JS Defense, P.A., can assist you with defending against your criminal charge and helping you avoid the consequences associated with a domestic violence conviction. Please reach out to us today to learn more about how we could assist you with defending against your criminal domestic violence charge.
What Happens if You are Convicted of Domestic Violence?
A domestic violence conviction can have numerous negative consequences on your life. First of all, if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, that conviction will remain on your record and could impact your ability to get (or keep) a job, find a place to live, or find a place to go to school. These types of effects can last for years to come.
In addition, these convictions could lead to serious penalties, including jail time, probation, and/or monetary fines. The severity of your court-ordered penalties will depend on the nature of the allegations against you, your prior criminal record, whether you pled guilty or not, whether you had the right defense representation or not, and other factors.
Finally, if you are convicted of a domestic violence offense in Minnesota, the court will likely also enter a protective order which can prohibit you from going near the victim’s home (even if you live there also) or place of business. You may also be prohibited from having contact with your children (in-person contact, electronic contact, or both) for a certain period of time.
Speak with a Knowledgeable Woodbury Domestic Violence Lawyer Today
Given the serious consequences and limitations that a domestic violence conviction places on individuals, it is important to have experienced legal counsel involved in your case as early on as possible. The knowledgeable legal team at JS Defense, P.A., could assert a legal defense on your behalf and work to help you avoid a conviction altogether. If that is not possible, we could work to help you lessen or avoid the consequences that are associated with a conviction.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Woodbury domestic violence attorney, please call us today at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online for more information.