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A person convicted of domestic assault is precluded by federal law from possessing a firearm. This is true even though a first and second offense are merely misdemeanors. But a person is not considered to have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic assault if the conviction has been expunged, set aside or pardoned.
If you couple this collateral consequence with the expense of representation, most people charged with a first offense domestic assault plea guilty and take advantage of the deferral program expunging the conviction after six months of probation. There's simply too much to lose. Especially in Michigan, were everyone is an avid hunter. Unfortunately, that means many cases with legitimate defenses aren't presented.
For many individuals, a domestic violence conviction is simply not an option. A conviction for domestic violence has significant and permanent collateral consequences. You need quality representation from an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your rights. Give us a call and set up an appointment to see if we're the right law firm for you. We understand the pressure you're under. Let us help relieve some of your stress by pointing you in the right direction.*
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LaBre Law Office
68897 S. Cass St., P.O. Box 550
Edwardsburg, MI 49112
Ph: (269) 663-8554
Fx: (269) 663-7701