How Domestic Violence Will Impact Your Job
On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Criminal Defense on Sunday, February 23, 2020
Domestic violence charges are some of the most damaging criminal charges you can face. A conviction could result in jail time, fines, and mandatory treatment programs. In addition, domestic violence charges carry a stigma that many other crimes do not – a stigma that could impact your life for years to come, even after you have served your sentence and met every other requirement.
If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, the best thing you can do is contact a domestic violence attorney right away. The criminal defense attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC help people in the Charlotte area face their domestic violence charges and get a fair result. Invest in your future by contacting us today at (980) 237-4579 to schedule a free consultation and discuss how we can help you.
A Conviction Means Fewer Job Opportunities
Many employers now require background checks as part of the application process. When looking for a job, you are competing against every other candidate applying for the same position. Criminal convictions are always problematic, even though employers aren’t supposed to use your criminal history against you unless it would directly impact your ability to do the job you are applying for. Someone who has a clean criminal history will have an advantage in the job market over someone who has convictions on their record.
This can be particularly the case for people with domestic violence charges on their record. A domestic violence conviction carries a stigma that many other convictions do not. Even for misdemeanor domestic violence charges, a conviction will make it difficult to find future employment.
It’s also important to note that a domestic violence conviction may prohibit you from working in certain positions. For example, you may not be able to work in public service or safety roles, or in positions where you are working with children.
You Could Lose Your Job if Convicted
North Carolina is what is referred to as an “at-will” employment state. This means that your employer can terminate your employment for practically no reason at all, or for reasons that seem unfair. If you are convicted of domestic violence, this is probably more than enough reason for them to fire you. Employers don’t want to be associated with someone who is convicted of domestic violence, and they will assume that you pose a danger to your fellow employees.
For licensed professionals, a domestic violence conviction could lead to disciplinary proceedings that culminate in your license being suspended or permanently revoked. If your license is suspended or revoked, you will be unable to work in your chosen profession, even if you are in business for yourself.
Just Being Charged Could Impact Your Future
Even if you weren’t ultimately convicted, just being charged with domestic violence could be problematic. While there are limitations on how employers can use your criminal record against you, simply being charged with domestic violence could result in lost job opportunities. Furthermore, your current employer may use it as a basis to try and fire you from your job.
A domestic violence charge may also prompt disciplinary proceedings if you are a licensed professional. It’s important to keep in mind that in order to be convicted, the prosecution must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The licensing board will likely consider your case under a much lower standard of proof, meaning that they could suspend or revoke your license even if you are acquitted or the charges are dismissed.
Contact the Charlotte Domestic Violence Attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC
Domestic violence cases are prosecuted aggressively, and the prosecutor will do everything they can to convict you. You need someone on your side to protect your rights and fight for a fair result. If you’re facing domestic violence charges, contact Randall & Stump, PLLC to discuss your case and learn more about how we can help. Call us today at (980) 237-4579 to schedule your free consultation.