How a Domestic Violence Conviction Affects Your Life
An allegation of domestic violence can change your life momentously. Regardless of your innocence or guilt, a wheel is set in motion. You need to stop it before your relationships, career and future pay the price.
A first-time conviction for this type of offense can affect your life in the following ways:
- Child custody — If you are going through a divorce and you have children, a conviction for domestic violence may prevent you from receiving custody.
- Protective orders — Further, the victim can seek a Temporary Protection Order (TPO), forcing you to stay away from him or her or his or her business, school, residence or place of employment for a few months. The victim can also request a Civil Protection Order (CPO), which lasts up to five years. A CPO allows the victim to gain temporary child support, spousal support, custody and visitation, requires you to receive counseling and may allow the victim access to your automobile or other personal property.
- Criminal record — If you are found guilty, you will have a violent offense on your criminal record — specifically, a conviction of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.
- Jail and fines — If you are convicted, you could be sentenced to up to six months in jail and/or be required to pay up to $1,000 in fines.
After Ohio police arrest you for domestic violence, request to contact a criminal defense lawyer and exercise your right to remain silent until he or she arrives. With legal support, you may be able to achieve a reduction in your sentence or a complete dismissal of the charges against you.