Can You be Fired for a Domestic Violence Arrest?
You knew things at home were bad, but not this bad. You never meant to hit your wife — it was just a bad argument that got worse and worse. But the next thing you know, the police are knocking on your door and you are charged with domestic violence. You’re worried — although you know things will blow over with your wife and she will drop the charges, how will a domestic violence arrest affect your job?
Domestic Violence and Employment Issues
According to New Jersey law, your employer has the right to obtain any information about criminal convictions, pending arrests or charges. This information is usually obtained before a job offer is given. However, what about when you are already an employee? If you are charged with a crime, is it possible that you can lose your job?
The first thing you should know is that New Jersey is an “at-will” employment state. This means that your employer can fire you for any reason at any time unless you have a written or oral agreement that says otherwise. For example, if you have a contract with your employer that states he/she can’t fire you unless you fail to do your work, then the employer cannot fire you unless you don’t do the work. So yes, it is possible that you can lose your job for a domestic violence arrest.
How Else Can a Domestic Violence Arrest Hurt You?
That’s not the only problem you can face with a domestic violence charge on your record. Besides the punishment you may receive if found guilty, there are lifelong consequences that you could be facing:
- Not only may you lose your job, but you could find it difficult to find another job down the road.
- If you are in a profession that has special licenses, such as a teacher or a doctor, you may lose your license.
- A domestic violence conviction will create a criminal record that will show up on any background check. This means it can be difficult to get a loan or getting a mortgage.
- If you are involved in a child custody battle, it may be used against you.
- It can also hurt your chances of renting an apartment or leasing a vehicle.
There is Help
This is why it’s so important to get an experienced domestic violence defense attorney quickly after being charged. An attorney will help you with your case and make sure your voice is heard in the court room. If you are facing a domestic violence charge and need legal representation, we’re here to help. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.