Nothing about a domestic violence charge means you're going to lose your job. When a client is charged with domestic violence, it is NOT a conviction or a criminal record. An employer or prospective employer may be able to see a pending charge, which may bring questions, but unless a background check is being done on you, the police and court will not notify your job that you're charged with a crime.
It's always my goal for a client to avoid a criminal conviction for domestic violence. If we're able to do that then an employer or prospective employer will not be able to see the case because it will be a non-public record and they will not have access.
A domestic violence case or even a conviction is unlikely to have a direct impact on your job or career, but might indirectly impact your life. If you're kicked out of your home, and forced to live out of a suitcase, how will you be able to dress for work? If you only have one car in your household and your wife or husband has it during the case, how will you get to work? Things like this would be the reason why your job or career could be impacted. Planning early with your lawyer and having a plan in place to succeed is the key to getting over the hump when charged with domestic violence
Generally speaking, judges in Michigan are more likely to grant travel requests if the client is traveling for work, as the court has an interest in a defendant maintaining their job to pay fines and costs and to stay out of trouble. In addition to this general mindset, my clients are extremely proactive from day one, and establish some early currency in the case where a judge begins to give my client the benefit of the doubt. Changing the first impression to a true impression.
If my client is already alcohol and drug testing, in counseling and complying with bond, there would be no reason that a judge would not allow my client to travel as long as they return from court and fulfill all bond requirements.
The situation is a bit different when asking for permission to travel for non-work purposes - a judge will want more specifics if terms of where my client is going, who are they going to see, and who may be traveling with them. Generally, traveling for family events is preferred over traveling to Las Vegas for guys or ladies weekend. Court is not going to get in the way of a prepaid travel plan or an important family moment, but may consider denying a golf trip with the guys if the judge thinks there's a chance the client my consume alcohol or get themselves into trouble. Some judges may allow this travel because my client is innocent until proven otherwise, so why punish them, but other judges will favor the idea that being charged with a crime alone is serious enough to limit my client's daily life to the essentials: work, family, faith and health.