National Domestic Violence Registry
Being convicted of domestic violence and having a final restraining order issued against you will interfere with every aspect of your life. Criminal consequences can include jail time and large fines, as well as mandatory community service and probation. A civil restraining order may interfere with your ability to co-parent and see your children and increase your child support obligations. You will have a permanent criminal record that could interfere with your ability to get a job, housing or a loan.
However, there is an additional consequence many people are unaware of: inclusion on the National Domestic Violence Registry (NDVR).
If you have been convicted of domestic violence and had a final restraining order issued against you, there is a chance your name and other identifying information will be listed in the National Domestic Violence Registry.
The NDVR Is A Public Database
The NDVR is an online database that lists the names of individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence. It is open to the public — that means anyone can research your name and see that a final restraining order was issued against you.
Once On The List, You Stay There For Life
Once you are on the list, the chances of having your name removed are slim to none. The only way to get your name removed is to have the final restraining order removed — which only your accuser can agree to do.
You Need A Lawyer Who Will Fight For You
The best way to prevent being listed on the NDVR is to prevent a conviction and a final restraining order from being issued. The best way to do that is to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, I understand the huge impact a domestic violence allegation will have on your life. My goal is to prevent a conviction and keep your name off the NDVR. Contact my office today at 877-676-7729. I provide criminal defense services to individuals throughout New Jersey and New York.