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Long-term consequences of a domestic violence charge

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence in North Dakota includes physical harm, threats, harassment, and other abusive behaviors toward family members or intimate partners. North Dakota law takes these charges seriously, and the repercussions can profoundly impact one’s life. Aside from potentially having a criminal record, here are ways a domestic violence charge can affect various aspects of your life:

Travel restrictions

Obtaining visas and traveling internationally can be challenging. Some countries may deny entry to individuals with criminal records.

Employment and rental challenges

Many employers perform background checks on prospective employees. A domestic violence conviction can deter employers from hiring you. It can also be tough to secure rental agreements or loans after a revelation of a criminal record.

Loss of firearm rights

Federal and North Dakota state laws prohibit individuals convicted of domestic violence from purchasing or possessing firearms. This restriction affects personal safety, recreational activities like hunting and employment opportunities in security industries.

Child custody and visitation rights

Courts prioritize the safety and well-being of children. A domestic violence charge can negatively influence custody decisions, often resulting in limited or supervised visitation and affecting your relationship with your children.

Damaged reputation

A domestic violence charge carries a heavy social stigma. Loved ones and community members may view you differently, which leads to isolation and broken relationships. This stigma can affect your mental health and overall well-being.

What to do if you are facing a domestic violence charge

If you are facing domestic violence charges or allegations, you may want to seek a legal professional first to guide you through the legal process and help you understand your rights. With the proper legal guidance, you can increase your chances of a more favorable decision.