Domestic violence charges are unfortunately common in Florida, with over 100,000 domestic violence incidents reported across the state in 2015.
Family disputes are personal, emotional, and sometimes volatile. Often, mistakes are made and misunderstandings are intensified in the heat of an argument. When emotion overcomes self-control, individuals may find themselves facing domestic violence charges and the serious consequences that follow. It is important to understand what these charges mean so you can effectively fight them to protect your future and your family.
The Different Types of Domestic Violence Offenses in Florida
Domestic violence encompasses a wide range of activities and behaviors that involve family or household members. It can occur among husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, children, partners, grandparents, and many more. It affects all types of people, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status, and education.
There are five allegations that are most often brought against individuals in Florida domestic violence cases:
- Sexual assault
Additionally, it is possible for any of these charges to be intensified through an aggravating factor, making the consequences much more severe. Aggravating factors can include repeated offenses, lack of remorse, amount of harm to victims, actions in front of a child, and much more.
Consequences for Domestic Violence Offenses Can Be Severe
Every case is unique, and the consequences can vary depending on the specific factors of your case. Some of the more common legal consequences can include:
- Jail time
- Mandatory intervention program
- Community service
- Restraining order
- Deportation (for non-citizens)
Protecting Your Rights After a Domestic Violence Arrest in Florida
Domestic violence convictions can have a significant negative impact on your life and the lives of those you love. In Florida, it is not possible to seal or expunge a domestic violence offense, so it will remain on your record forever. In addition to the legal ramifications, there are serious personal and financial consequences, as well. It is vital to address the charge right away and present an aggressive defense that will minimize negative repercussions as much as possible.
Some common defenses for a domestic violence charge can include:
- Lack of injuries
- Defense of others
- Vindictive victim
Every case is unique, and the most effective legal approach for your case will be determined the specific facts of your situation.
At Rossen Law Firm, Adam Rossen and his legal team understand that good people sometimes find themselves facing these difficult situations, and they are here to provide compassionate and tenacious representation. Even if you aren’t sure of your rights or how you can protect them, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Fill out the contact form on this page to schedule a free strategy session and hear more about your possible legal options.