Hello, I've been a member of the US Navy since June of 1998. ¬†In January of 2002 I plead no contest to Domestic Battery in order to not miss ships movement. ¬†I had no idea what affect this was going to have on my career and it's haunting me to this day. ¬†
The "battery" that took place was simply grabbing my spouse at the time by her arm and leading her out of the front door. ¬†She literally tripped over the door jamb and scraped her hand on the sidewalk. ¬†Because I was seeking a divorce, she called the police and I spent the night in a Duval County jail the next day. ¬†
So with an entirely clean record both before and since this incident, I am labeled as a wife beater and can't perform essential duties to my job. ¬†It's prevented assignments that woul enhance my ability to advance as well as placed undue hardships on other people having to pick up the slack on my watches where I was not allowed to carry a firearm.
Im now attempting to qualify for a tour of duty overseas and am afraid that this completely ridiculous implementation of the Lautenberg Amendment is going to rear its ugly head again. ¬†I'm tired of a woman I have not spoken to in over 10 years having this much power over my career. ¬†How can I get this removed from my record? ¬†I was not made aware of the consequences, I was not represented by counsel, and felt completely railroaded into my plea of no contest. ¬†Any advice anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.