Criminal Domestic Violence is a very serious charge, and a conviction carries certain penalties that many people are not aware of. Pursuant to US Code of Laws Title 18 §922(g)(9), it is unlawful for a person convicted of Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) to ship, transport, possess or receive a firearm or ammunition. Anyone convicted of a US Code of Laws Title 18 §922(g)(9) violation faces punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
A conviction for CDV or CDVHAN will also go on your permanent criminal record. Unfortunately, many people have lost their jobs and/or employment opportunities as the result of a CDV and/or CDVHAN conviction. Pursuant to SC Code of Laws § 22-5-910(A)(3) a first offense conviction for a misdemeanor CDV offense may not be expunged until five years after the date of conviction.
If convicted for a first offense CDV, the penalties are a fine of not less than $1,000, nor more than $2,500; or imprisonment not more than 30 days.
Penalties for CDV offenses can also be enhanced, meaning that 2nd and 3rd offense charges carry increased penalties as well as mandatory minimum jail sentences.
If you are charged with this offense or any crime, call David Seay at (864) 235-6790 immediately to schedule your FREE criminal consultation.