Fort Lauderdale Domestic Violence Lawyer
We Will Fight to Restore Your Reputation
If you have been charged with domestic violence, you may lose the ability
to see your children and your family. If you are convicted, you may be
banned from living in your own home, in addition to suffering other life-changing
consequences. The majority of domestic violence cases are reported by
worried neighbors, onlookers or the alleged victim, and it usually turns
out to be one person's word against the other's. However, with
the assistance of a Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer from Parks & Braxton,
PA, you can ensure that your voice is heard.
How Domestic Violence is Defined Under the Law
Domestic violence charges are usually intimate in nature because they often
involve close family members, household members or loved ones. For this
reason, domestic violence charges are almost always upsetting and emotional
for the individual who has been accused. Florida law defines domestic
violence as any threat or act that places an individual in fear of his
or her safety. An arrest for domestic violence can arise from alleged
sexual abuse, violent acts, threats, child abuse, neglect, child endangerment and more.
Florida Code § 741.28 states that domestic violence can occur between:
- Spouses / former spouses
- Blood relatives
- Those with a child in common
- People who are dating
In order for the crime to fit the definition of domestic violence, however,
it must be shown that the victim and the alleged aggressor are currently
living together or have lived together in the past – with the exception
of those who have a child in common. If this is not the case,
assault or battery charges may be filed instead. Regardless of the circumstances
that led to your arrest, it is crucial that you move quickly to secure
the representation of a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney. The
sooner you act, the sooner you can put this behind you.
The Penalties for Domestic Violence in Florida
If you are convicted of domestic violence in the state of Florida, you
will be given an automatic 10-day jail sentence in addition to other penalties.
The most common penalties for domestic violence include lengthy jail time,
large fines, community service, parole, anger management classes and counseling.
The legal team at Parks & Braxton, PA is fully committed to the practice of
criminal defense. With more than 50 years of aggregate legal experience and a former prosecutor
on our team, we know the best defense strategies to use against your charges.
Call Us 24/7 to Set Up a Free Case Evaluation
The right criminal defense attorney for your case will have more than just
experience in criminal law; they will personally invest in the outcome
of your case and make it a priority. We are
available to take calls 24/7, including nights, weekends and holidays. We have a track record that includes a high frequency of cases won, meaning
thousands of success stories for our clients. The team at Parks &
Braxton, PA will exhaust every possible option for having your domestic
charges reduced or dismissed, so
call us today to get started with your defense.