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Domestic violence is a serious crime. Every year, domestic violence impacts countless families in Connecticut and across the United States. Approximately 10 million Americans are victims of some degree of domestic violence each year.

A domestic violence charge can negatively impact an individual’s life. A conviction for domestic violence is even more serious. An individual convicted of domestic violence may lose the ability to remain gainfully employed, to be promoted, or to retain custody of his or her child. These consequences are in addition to the hurt and devastation that may impact your family.

Impacting Custody and Visitation Rights

A domestic violence conviction can affect one’s ability to maintain custody of his or her children. Connecticut’s judicial system focuses on the “child’s best interest.” In determining the child’s best interest, a court is required by law to take into account whether or not there has been an instance of domestic violence. This is true whether or not the domestic violence occurred between both parents or involved the child. Therefore, an instance of domestic violence may keep a parent from having custody of his or her child.

Domestic Violence Can Impact Employment

A conviction for domestic violence may impact the abuser’s ability to obtain or maintain gainful employment. Many employers conduct background checks before applicants are extended an offer of employment. A conviction for domestic violence may sway an employer to look at other candidates.

Employees who retain their job despite a domestic violence conviction can find difficulty being promoted. In some situations, the conviction may limit potential promotions due to required licenses or due to peer review.

An individual convicted of domestic violence may find that he or she cannot join professional organizations or obtain professional licenses. Today, organizations such as the Connecticut Bar evaluate an individual’s character in determining whether or not to grant admission. Individuals seeking to practice in a field requiring specific licensure may be barred as a result of the conviction. In instances where the abuser is already a member, he or she may be suspended, placed on probation, or removed altogether.

The foregoing scenarios will undoubtedly have a negative impact on an individual’s finances. In the most extreme cases, an individual may have to completely alter his or her life to account for such a charge.

Contact a Stamford Family Law Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

A domestic violence charge should be challenged at all costs. Although domestic violence is a serious crime, individuals who are accused of domestic violence should seek experienced family law counsel to ensure that their rights with respect to their family are as well-defended. Here at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., we will review the facts of your case and work with you to ensure that your rights are protected throughout any legal proceeding. Schedule your initial consultation with us today by calling 203-348-2465 or by sending us an email through our online contact form.

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