Being charged with domestic assault is no light matter. In Texas, a first-time domestic assault conviction can result in a jail sentence of up to one year, a fine of up to $4,000, or both. However, there are lasting consequences that extend well beyond these punishments, negatively impacting your life for years to come. If you are facing a domestic assault charge for allegedly causing or threatening imminent bodily injury to a current or former spouse, dating partner, roommate, or relative, you need reliable and effective legal representation as soon as possible to protect your freedom. If convicted, you could face several long-term limitations to your future. Here are just a few.
1. Barriers to Employment
With a domestic assault conviction on your criminal record, you may have trouble passing a background check when applying for a job. As a result, your options for employment will likely be limited, as you may be prevented from working with children or other vulnerable populations. If you previously worked as a firefighter, educator, day care provider, health care worker, or worked in a profession that required you to carry a license, you may also face the suspension or revocation of your license following a domestic assault conviction, making it difficult—or even impossible—to continue working in that field.
2. Housing Complications
In many cases of domestic assault, a judge may temporarily order you to vacate your home to keep you away from the alleged victim. Finding housing after a domestic assault conviction can also be difficult. This can be difficult because a criminal history often makes landlords hesitant to rent to you. If you are not a permanent U.S. citizen, you could also face deportation as a result of a domestic assault conviction.
3. Loss of Second Amendment Privileges
As soon as you have a domestic assault conviction on your record, federal law prevents you from owning a firearm. The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, passed by Congress in 1996, explicitly prohibits individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic assault charge from owning a gun or firearm for up to five years following the completion of their sentence. In addition, a domestic assault conviction could prevent you from securing a hunting or fishing license in Texas.
The Law Offices of Keith G. Allen is committed to defending the rights of individuals in Pearland and throughout the Houston area who are facing domestic assault charges. Protect your future and your freedom—schedule your free consultation with a trusted and dedicated criminal defense attorney today by calling (832) 230-0075.