Tennessee residents like you who are facing domestic assault charges have a lot at stake if you are convicted. We at May & McKinney, PLLC are here to help explain some of the short and far-reaching consequences of these convictions and how they can impact your life for years to come.
The first thing to note is that domestic violence charges can increase the severity of other charges you may also be facing. In other situations, your charges may just be for misdemeanor assault. However, violence against a family member, member of your household, or current or past romantic partner will result in a domestic violence charge being applied instead.
What does this mean for you? In the short term, you will be paying higher fees and may even spend more time in jail. If you are in a custody battle, it will also hurt your chances of getting favorable child custody or visitation schedule decisions out of the court.
Long term effects can be prominent as well. Having a domestic violence conviction on your record means you won't be able to possess firearms again. It can also impact your ability to keep your current job or find work elsewhere.
Have you been accused of engagement in domestic assault? As these charges are taken seriously in the eyes of the law, it is important to act quickly in order to defend yourself. Consider taking a look at our web page on domestic violence, linked here. Having the backing of an experienced attorney can help.