In Florida, being charged with assault does not necessarily require you to have come into physical contact with the person accusing you. Despite this, the consequences for being convicted can still be quite severe, especially in the case of domestic violence. [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″] will take a look today at the potential long-term repercussions of a domestic violence conviction.
The short term ramifications of a domestic violence conviction are hefty. You could face 26 weeks in a batterer’s prevention program, up to 5 days in jail, and up to 12 months on probation. You may also lose some rights, such as the right to bear arms or possess a firearm. You might have to do community service. You could also have a restraining order filed against you, which will show up on police searches.
However, long term consequences can be even worse. This conviction could harm your ability to apply for jobs and housing, as it may come up on a search by landlords or prospective employers. A reputation could also follow you, alienating you from your community. As you will be on police records for domestic violence, this reputation could possibly follow you even if you decide to move.
Have you been charged with domestic violence? Were you recently accused of assault? These are accusations you cannot take lightly. If you are convicted, it could permanently alter the course of your life. Take a look at our web page on domestic violence, linked above, for more information. You can contact our attorneys directly as well.