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WI Domestic offender restricted from concealing weapon

Those who are charged with domestic violence may face the repercussions of their crime for many years following the conviction, not only in Wisconsin but nationwide. Although the offender may have received counseling or some other form of rehabilitation, certain rights may be restricted by state and federal officials. Often times, domestic violence offenders do not think of the effects that their actions will have on others or how they will impact their own life.

In 2002, a man accused of pushing and punching his stepdaughter pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge. More specifically, he was charged of “violent, abusive and otherwise disorderly conduct.” This was considered a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence at that time, as ruled by the Department of Justice.

Twelve years later when the same man went to apply for a concealed weapons permit, his application was denied by the Wisconsin Department of Justice due to his former misdemeanor crime. Convicted offenders of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are unable to carry a concealed weapon under federal law.

The man appealed the ruling, stating that he and his stepdaughter did not have a domestic relationship when the incident occurred. The judge explained how the term “domestic” is used to encompass a variety of relationships, including parent-like bonds. The state board of appeals upheld the decision to deny the concealed weapon permit application.

After being charged with performing an act of domestic violence, it is important to consider how these charges may result in serious consequences. A domestic violence attorney may be able to inform you of your rights and ensure that they are upheld in a court of law.

Source: State Bar of Wisconsin, “Disorderly Conduct Conviction Bars Concealed Carry Permit,” Joe Forward, Feb.27, 2014

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