Any resident of Mississippi could wind up being arrested for and charged with domestic violence.
Under Mississippi law, a person need not actually touch their spouse or significant other in order to face a charge. For example, even attempting to strike a spouse or putting a significant other in fear of being hurt is enough for a criminal conviction.
If one thinks about it, they might see how generally nonviolent residents of the southern Memphis suburbs could easily cross the line in an intense argument.
Even for a person with no aggravating circumstances and no criminal history, a domestic violence conviction can lead to a fine and up to 6 months in jail.
Although it is not a guarantee, a person may receive a generous plea offer that keeps jail off the table. Particularly if they have no prior arrests or charges, they may want to take the deal and put the matter to rest.
After court, there are other consequences to domestic violence convictions
Before doing so, a person will want to make sure that they understand all of the consequences of any domestic violence conviction.
For example, as is the case in other states, Mississippi’s law may make it more difficult for parents with convictions to get custody or even significant visitation time. The parent may have either to fight an uphill legal battle or settle for restricted visits.
Those who are not United States citizens may face immigration consequences, including deportation, after even one misdemeanor conviction. Those who own firearms may have to surrender them.
After a conviction, a person may also have to leave their home because of a protective order.
They may also suffer other personal and professional setbacks, especially if they work with children or vulnerable adults.