Being accused of a domestic assault has serious penalties. You may not be allowed back into your home for an extended period of time. You may be restrained from communicating with your loved ones, including your children. You will have to spend at least twelve (12) hours in jail, which may impact your employment. These consequences are minor when compared to the issues facing someone actually convicted of a domestic assault. That conviction will stop you from being able to exercise your right to own a firearm. That conviction may very well impact your ability to gain future employment. Finally, that conviction may heavily impact any future family matter, including but not limited to a divorce or custody action.