Domestic violence is a serious concern and includes more than just physical abuse. Whether the assumed victim decides to press charges or not, the prosecution may decide to file domestic violence charges when possible evidence is present.
If you or a loved one face charges of domestic violence, it is important that you understand what all the charges entail. There are a few areas that such charges may affect.
There are different classifications for domestic abuse. Depending on the severity of the charges, the penalties may vary. For example, a class A misdemeanor may carry up to a year of jail time and as much as a $1,000 fine. In the case of a felony, penalties range from class A to class D, with class A being the most severe. The penalties range from four to 30 years of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines.
There are several ways and different stages in which a charge can make a financial impact. In the case of emergency, where the courts find the safety of an individual may be in jeopardy, they may impose a temporary protective order. If there is an ex parte protection order in place, individuals will not be able to have any contact with the assumed abused party for a specific timeframe. Therefore, the accused party may have to find another place to live. Convicted individuals who face jail time may miss work, which could jeopardize their jobs. In addition, the courts may require child or spousal support payments.
Individuals whom the courts find guilty of domestic abuse on a felony level may lose certain rights. For example, individuals convicted of felonies lose the right to carry firearms. Even at a misdemeanor level, a domestic violence charge may also impede an individual’s level of employability.
As you can see, domestic violence charges can have a strong impact on an individual’s life. It may be helpful to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to see how charges may affect your situation specifically.