It’s a common enough experience—you and your ex split up, and all of a sudden your dirty laundry is airing for everyone to see. Accusations fly, and they’re calling you an abuser. Unfortunately, allegations like these can do serious damage to more than just your reputation; they can cause long-term legal troubles.
Here’s what you should know.
Domestic violence can limit your right to purchase and own firearms
There are federal, state and local guidelines that determine who can purchase a gun and under what circumstances, but regardless of where you are, federal law applies. Nationwide, if you are found guilty of domestic violence, you cannot purchase a weapon.
Whether you need to surrender firearms you already own will vary based on where you are. In Florida, this will depend on court action and the alleged use of force in your case.
Domestic violence can mean restrictions on where you go
As a preemptive and protective measure, many courts grant protective orders to alleged victims of domestic violence. This can occur even before the state files any charges.
Domestic violence can prevent you from seeing your children
When courts create or approve a custody agreement, the court considers any past history of domestic violence, especially past allegations that involve the child or that occur between parents. This can sway the court if your ex is seeking primary or full custody.
Your next steps
If you are facing new allegations, you need to prepare to fight for your rights. Preempting any conviction will make a major difference in your legal rights. If you have an existing conviction, you will need to work closely with your attorney to either restore your rights or reinstate them.