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What is Considered Domestic Violence in Florida?

What is Considered Domestic Violence in Florida?

Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 14-Oct-2016

Florida law defines domestic violence as any violent action committed against a member of the same household. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you should take this charge very seriously. It is urgent that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney at Parks & Braxton, PA to learn more about your rights and what defenses may apply to your case. With your freedom and your reputation at stake, don’t attempt to handle your charges on your own.

Domestic violence may include:

  • Assault or aggravated assault
  • Battery or aggravated battery
  • Sexual assault or battery
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Emotional abuse

The law states that “family or household member” may include:

  • Current or former spouses
  • Persons currently or formerly residing together as if a family
  • Persons related by blood or marriage
  • Parents who have a child together
  • Roommates
  • People who are dating

Domestic violence is a very serious charge that is harshly prosecuted and punished in Florida. If convicted, an individual must serve a minimum of one year of probation and attend a Batterer’s Intervention Program. A domestic violence offense may also result in jail time, community service, and could cause the offender to lose their custody, visitation, or parental rights. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for domestic violence accusations to arise out of spite, particularly in contentious divorce cases, which is why it is essential to work with a lawyer who can help prove your innocence and potentially have you acquitted.

Our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers are prepared to defend your rights, freedom, and reputation. With more than four decades of legal experience and a former prosecutor on our tea, we know the best defense strategies to use against your charges.

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