Charges of assault, attempted murder and harassment can become more severe if you have a relationship with the alleged victim. Then accusations of domestic violence become part of the charges.
Even if you are innocent of a crime involving domestic violence, a conviction of this type can deal out severe consequences. Here are things in your life that can get taken away as a result of a domestic violence conviction.
Domestic violence can put an unusually strong and lasting blemish on your reputation in employment, social situations and perhaps most importantly your relationships. Also, the conviction will stay on your personal record.
Money and time
You stand to lose significant money and time if convicted of a domestic violence felony. You will likely have fines to pay and jail time to serve. You could be ordered to attend anger management classes, and alcohol or drug rehabilitation, forcing you to take time away from your job.
You may lose access to family members, notably children, as a result of a criminal conviction involving domestic violence. If you can still see your children, it is likely that the visitation is restrictive and supervised.
Another freedom that gets taken away, due to a domestic violence conviction, is the right to have access to, own and use a firearm. Often tied to a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO), which is a restraining order with extra requirements, you will lose firearm use for at least one year after conviction.
The importance of a strong defense
Like other criminal charges, the accusations against you must be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to get a conviction. Proving that any violence was in self-defense or showing that there is a lack of evidence that the alleged actions took place are two common defense strategies against domestic violence charges.