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Long-Term Consequences of Domestic Violence Convictions

It is no secret that domestic assault and violence convictions can result in serious penalties. Those penalties can include jail time, heavy fines, and other serious consequences. Besides these serious legal penalties, there are other consequences you could face that might impact you for the rest of your life.

If you have been charged with or convicted of a crime of domestic violence, it is important that you have an experienced attorney on your side, advocating for your legal interests in court. An experienced Woodbury domestic abuse lawyer at JS Defense, PA can help you pursue a dismissal of your case and avoid all of the consequences associated with a conviction.

Potential Consequences

The internet makes criminal background checks easier than ever. If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime — or if you receive a conviction — you will have a criminal record. Criminal records are viewable by members of the public online unless you are able to have your record expunged.
In addition to the potential legal penalties associated with a domestic violence conviction, it may also be difficult for you to do the following:

In addition to the potential legal penalties associated with a domestic violence conviction, it may also be difficult for you to do the following:

  • Find a place to live — As part of an apartment application, most landlords undertake a criminal background check on prospective tenants. If the applicant has a domestic violence conviction on his or her record, the landlord could deny a rental application.
  • Go to school — A domestic violence conviction on a record could result in an educational institution denying you admission. You might also have to forego financial assistance, such as scholarship money, if you are already a student who is convicted of domestic violence.
  • Getting and keeping a job — Most employers do thorough background checks on prospective employees. When a background check reveals a domestic violence conviction on a person’s record, it is almost guaranteed that the applicant will not be hired. A serious conviction, including a domestic violence conviction, could also result in job loss.

An experienced Woodbury domestic abuse lawyer could work to help you avoid these potential consequences by presenting a strong defense on your behalf in court.

Avoiding Potential Consequences 

There are several ways that a Woodbury domestic abuse attorney could help you to avoid the consequences of a domestic violence conviction. One of the best ways of avoiding these consequences is to try and obtain a dismissal of your domestic violence charge. Your attorney, for example, could argue that the prosecutor did not satisfy his or her legal burden and that consequently, your case should be dismissed. 

Your lawyer could also argue that based upon your lack of prior convictions, you should receive a lighter penalty. For example, your attorney could argue for a period of probation instead of jail time.

Call a Woodbury Domestic Abuse Lawyer Today

A domestic abuse charge or conviction could lead to numerous legal penalties and other serious consequences. If you find yourself facing one of these serious charges or convictions, you need an experienced attorney on your side as soon as possible.


The knowledgeable attorneys at JS Defense, PA, will do everything possible to increase your chances of avoiding conviction consequences. To schedule a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Woodbury domestic abuse attorney, please give us a call at (651) 968-9652 or contact us online. 

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