Countless studies show that domestic violence offenders who possess a firearm are likely to use it during a heated dispute. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense or who has a restraining order against them from possessing a gun. This law specifies that using any type of physical force against another person in a domestic relationship is an act of violence. In addition to the federal law, Wisconsin has its own state laws regarding domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a term used to describe abuse or battery of another family member. The exact legal definition of the term has been questioned in numerous court battles across the U.S., leading judges to examine the meaning of the word. Different interpretations of the term ‘domestic violence’ have led to various outcomes in court.
Those charged with domestic violence in Wisconsin may be looking at some harsh consequences. A domestic violence conviction may come with a restraining order, fees and potential jail-time. There are long-term effects from having a domestic charge on a criminal record. Not only is it hard to find employment in certain industries, but domestic violence offenders may be prohibited from carrying concealed weapons or obtaining professional licenses.
Many in Wisconsin are often unaware of all of the unintended consequences that than arrest for domestic violence may have. Aside from the immediate legal and potential criminal penalties, there is also the stigma that's often associated with having been accused of violence against one's spouse. One may work years to try and erase the residual effects of such a charge only to find that long after having the paid the price for a domestic violence accusation, it may still prohibit them from enjoying future privileges.