Are you in the military and facing domestic violence charges in Colorado Springs or the surrounding areas? My name is Christian A. Schwaner, and I specialize in defending military personnel who have been charged with domestic violence. I am here to help.
I hope you’ll consider calling me (719-577-9700) to discuss the charges you’re facing. I will happily offer you a free initial consultation, and am able to meet you at the jail where you are being held.
If you aren’t ready to speak with me, please take some time to review the information below. I’ve done my best to supply you with a thorough explanation of exactly what you are up against as a member of the military facing a domestic violence charge. For more general information on Colorado domestic crimes, click here.
Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction for Military Members
Federal law makes it a felony for those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition.
It is important to understand that the law applies to members of the military with privately-owned firearms and ammunition stored on or off post. To learn more about the Lautenberg Amendment to the Federal Gun Control Act, click here.
These prohibitions do not preclude soldiers from operating major weapons systems or crew-served weapons such as tanks, missiles, and aircraft. Nevertheless, most branches of the military consider soldiers with domestic violence convictions to be non-deployable for missions that require possession of firearms or ammunition.
They are also ineligible for overseas assignment. Depending on the nature of their assignment, members of the military who are based outside of the continental United States may be able to comply with their assignment instructions despite a domestic violence conviction.
In addition to these consequences, military members convicted of domestic violence may not be appointed to leadership positions that will give them access to firearms and ammunition. They are also prohibited from attending any service school where weapons and ammunition instruction is part of the curriculum. Active duty personnel may be reassigned to a position where the use of firearms is not required, or in most cases, separated from the service. Discharged members of the military who are convicted of a domestic violence charge may not be able to re-enlist in the military.
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Christian – we just wanted to say thank you and let you know how much it means to us that you would help us out by taking James’ case. It is nice to know that people really do care! You will never know how much you have helped take the stress off us – and that means the world to both of us. James has worked so hard getting done what he is supposed to and to have this added mess is hard to deal with – but with your help it will be easier to bear. Thanks again.
I’ve handled these cases with success in the past, and am here to help you
I have witnessed many members of the military lose their careers after being prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of a Colorado domestic violence conviction. If you are a member of the military and have been charged with domestic violence in civilian court, contact me to discuss your case right away. For a free and confidential consultation about your rights, call (719) 599-9700.