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WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic violence occurs when one member of a family or household commits any action resulting in physical injury against another family or household member. Under such circumstances, the underlying crime may be increased to a more serious classification/level, and additional penalties may be required under Florida’s criminal penalties and sentencing laws.
Police agencies, prosecutors, and courts have developed policies and procedures that are uniquely designed for domestic violence cases, which affect the investigation, arrest, booking, and release process. Also, alleged victims are afforded additional protections and remedies, such as that of obtaining an injunction or restraining order against the accused.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Dealing with a domestic violence accusation is a serious situation, and at Longwell Lawyers, they have years of experience helping their clients avoid the following domestic violence penalties:
- Loss of your right to own or possess a firearm.
- Complete a 26-week Battery Intervention Program (BIP)
- 12 months of Supervised Probation
- 5 days mandatory jail if the victim is injured
- No Contact Order
- Not eligible for sealing or expungement
If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is crucial that you seek counsel from Longwell Lawyers right away. With more than 20 years of experience, our Orlando criminal defense attorneys are prepared to handle your domestic violence charges. We proudly serve clients in Spanish and Portuguese.
It can be challenging to understand the laws and statutes that surround your criminal case.
To help you get more insight into the statutes, our firm has provided the following summaries:
- 741.28, domestic violence defined: “Domestic violence” can refer to any level of assault, battery, sexual assault, stalking, kidnapping, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of a family/household member by another family/household member. This crime can be committed by a spouse, former spouse, parent, person related by blood or marriage, or anyone who is residing together as a family (such as a roommate).
- 741.281, domestic violence sentence: A domestic violence conviction will require a minimum of one-year probation and mandatory counseling or intervention program unless the court decides otherwise.
- 741.283, when jail will be required: If a person is found guilty of a crime of domestic violence and the person intentionally caused bodily harm to another person, the court shall order the person to serve a minimum of 5 days in the county jail unless the court sentences the person to extended time in a state correctional facility. The court can also issue probation, community control, or an additional period of incarceration.
- 741.29, special rules for the way the police investigate and decide to arrest: A police officer must have probable to arrest a person for suspected domestic violence. If they have this, they can arrest and charge an individual without a warrant. This may include a complaint filed by a family or household member. If two or more people have filed complaints against each other, an officer will try to determine who appears to be the primary
- 741.30, securing a domestic violence injunction: When a person is an alleged victim of domestic violence, they often feel that they are in danger of another act of violence (especially if the offender is allowed to return home). Under these circumstances, they may obtain an injunction for protection against future domestic violence. The court may enforce the respondent’s compliance with the injunction by utilizing penalties, such as fines or further probation/jail time.
- 741.31, penalties for violating an injunction: A person who willfully violates an injunction for protection against domestic violence issued is committing a misdemeanor. You may violate an injunction by refusing to leave the home or household shared with the other party, getting closer than the permitted distance to the other party’s location (such as school, workplace, or new residence), or committing any other act specifically prohibited by the injunction. You may also be accused of violating an injunction if you are in possession or custody of a firearm or ammunition of any kind.
Can the Victim Drop Domestic Violence Charges?
In the state of Florida, once a domestic violence charge has been filed, it is up to the prosecutor's discretion whether or not to pursue the case, regardless of the victim's wish to drop charges. Therefore, even if the victim drops the charges, the state can still pursue the case. This is due to the fact that domestic violence is considered a crime against the state, not just the victim. In spite of what a victim wishes, it is the state's duty to protect its citizens and hold perpetrators accountable. Coercion or intimidation of a victim into dropping domestic violence charges is a separate crime in Florida and can result in additional charges for the perpetrator.
You should seek legal advice from our firm if you are facing domestic violence charges or have questions about the legal process. Our Orlando domestic violence attorney can help guide you through the legal process and protect your rights.
Contact our domestic violence lawyers in Orlando at Longwell Lawyers for an experienced defense.
You don’t have to fight your domestic violence charges alone. Regardless of the charges you are facing, our firm is ready to protect your rights. Allow our Orlando domestic violence attorneys to review your case today and start building an aggressive defense strategy on your behalf. Our proven protocols and procedures are designed to maximize efficiency, quality, and success.
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