Domestic violence doesn’t always take place between two spouses. The law defines domestic violence as disputes between any family members or two people in a relationship. Whatever the case may be, the common misconceptions happen all too often. Many times people shake their heads and ask, why didn’t she/he just leave? The truth of the matter is, when violence in the home or relationship takes place the abuser is often not mentally stable, is manipulative, or both. Getting up and leaving, if not done with the proper planning and help, can make the situation much more dangerous, if not deadly. However, often times domestic violence charges can be handed out inaccurately, which can lead to a whole host of problems for the accused.
The Consequences of Domestic Violence Charges
These charges can affect a person’s career, reputation, and future. Penalties can include probation, jail time, community service, counseling, and fines depending on the situation. The Lautenberg Amendment now prevents offenders from owning or using firearms. This can mean automatic consequences for certain careers. On top of that, these charges can defame a person’s reputation.
Obviously, laws pertaining to domestic violence are put in place to protect people from abuse, manipulation, and dangerous situation. But, in the wrong situations when falsely accused, the results can be detrimental.
The History of the Lautenberg Amendment
This amendment started with the Gun Control Act of 1968. It prohibited convicted felons from possessing firearms. However, there was a public interest exception built into the law. This meant that military personnel, law enforcement workers, and other government workers required to use firearms could still carry and use firearms. In 1994 the amendment was changed to include people with protective orders pertaining to stalking, harassment, or making threats to an intimate partner. This amendment exempted law enforcement, government officials, and military members from the law. In 1995 Senator Frank Lautenberg sponsored a bill that also kept convicted felons with domestic violence charges from owning firearms. It also became illegal to sell a firearm knowingly to someone with these convictions.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Whether the violences takes place between spouses or family members hiring an attorney can create solutions for an otherwise impossible situation. While these laws are meant to protect, situations can be manipulated for the worse. An attorney can provide strong representation in court and assist in providing adequate evidence. In some cases an attorney can work to expunge these charges from records. Hiring a lawyer will also ensure that the rights of the accused are protected.
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If you or a loved one needs help after receiving domestic violence charges contact Rosales Law Firm today. We can provide the representation you are looking for. Be sure to call to set up an appointment for a consultation.