Whether you or a loved one has been arrested or are under investigation for domestic violence, it is critical to consult with an experienced Miami domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
What is Domestic Violence?
There are a great number of situations and relationships which can qualify as domestic violence under Florida law. They all, however, share a common element relating to violence or harm allegedly committed by the accused against a person whom they are closely related to or intimate with (or have been intimate with in the past).
Florida law defines domestic violence as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. § 741.28(2).
“Family or household member” means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently living together as if a family or who have lived together in the past as if a family and persons who are parents of a child together regardless of whether or not they have been married or lived together. § 741.28(3).
The vast majority of domestic violence cases are misdemeanor battery cases where a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend, is charged with battering their significant other. Oftentimes, the contact can be minimal—there is no requirement that the victim be harmed in any way. In fact, any physical contact that happens in a tense situation or conflict with a close family member—even if it involves very little force and no harm, like a push—can be charged as domestic violence.
An alleged victim can also seek a civil injunction based on domestic violence. There is no requirement that the alleged victim call the police to report a crime, however, it is not uncommon for a person facing a domestic violence charge to also be served with an injunction.
What are the Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction?
A conviction for domestic violence can have serious consequences. A felony domestic violence conviction could result in a years long state prison sentence. A felony, as well as a misdemeanor conviction, can become a permanent part of your public record and can interfere with future employment, housing, and custody matters. If you are a non-US citizen, a domestic violence conviction of any kind can have dire consequences on your immigration status. Whether you are convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor the conviction may require a jail sentence, fine, and probation.
If you or a loved one are facing a domestic violence charge it is crucial for you to be represented by an experience Miami domestic violence lawyer in order to minimize the chances of a conviction. You need someone to tell your side of the story in a way that shows you aren’t guilty. And even if you are guilty, you need to make sure that the consequences are minimized as much as possible.
Contact an Experienced Miami Domestic Violence Lawyer
Over the years, we have successfully represented hundreds of domestic violence clients by obtaining dismissals, not guilty verdicts, or by reducing a charge to a less serious offense. There is a good chance that we have dealt with a case very similar to yours and have represented clients who shared similar needs and concerns that you may have. Feel free to browse through the results section of our site for a representative sample of some of our past cases, and the results we have achieved for our clients.
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