Jacksonville Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
Florida Domestic Violence
Facing an accusation of domestic violence can be challenging, especially when you do not understand your rights or the charges against you. In Florida, several statutes operate together to create the state’s criminal prohibitions and penalties on domestic violence. As a result, a person accused of domestic violence may be overwhelmed, intimidated and even confused.
If you’re facing a domestic violence-related charge in Florida, a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney at Farah & Farah can help you protect your rights every step of the way. To learn more about how we can help protect your future, call us for a free consultation at (904) 263-4610.
Defining Domestic Violence
The phrase “domestic violence” actually covers a wide range of violent acts against a spouse, significant other, or family member, ranging from threatening to hurt a person to actually causing their death. The key difference is that domestic violence in Florida focuses on the relationship between the person suspected of committing a violent act and the suspected victim.
How do Misdemeanor and Felony Penalties Compare in Florida?
Domestic violence also comes with tougher penalties and covers both misdemeanor and felony convictions. For a misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence, an individual may face up to one year in jail, probation, community service, heavy fines, and other consequences. A felony conviction may bring with it one or more years in prison, probation, parole requirements, and limitations on certain rights, like the right to vote or own firearms – all of which can seriously alter the course of a convicted person’s life.
What Are the Consequences of a Domestic Violence Charge?
Because suspected domestic violence so often involves intimate or day-to-day relationships, handling life after an arrest or charge of domestic violence can be challenging, whether or not you are found guilty. For instance, most people released on bond after a domestic violence charge in Florida are required to avoid any contact with the alleged victim. “No contact” includes no contact through a third party, like a family member, friend, or roommate. When a charged person and an alleged victim live under the same roof or share parenting responsibilities, the “no contact” order can make life difficult or even impossible – but violating it can send the charged person back to jail until his or her case is resolved.
How a Jacksonville FL Defense Attorney Can Help
One of the first ways an experienced domestic violence defense attorney can help is by getting a “no contact” order modified, so that a person facing a domestic violence charge can carry on his or her everyday life while working to resolve the case. Modifying a “no contact” order may be particularly appropriate in cases where the charged person and the alleged victim have no hard feelings toward one another, where they both must parent the same child, or where finances or other constraints make it difficult or impossible for one of them to move out of shared housing for the duration of the case.
Aggressive Representation You Can Rely On
Facing a “no contact” order is only the first step in minimizing the impact of a Florida domestic violence charge. A defense attorney can also investigate all sides of the story, challenge evidence in court, and address and fix violations of a charged person’s legal rights that might otherwise destroy the credibility of that person’s case in court.
If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence or are facing a domestic violence charge, you don’t have to face it alone. At Farah & Farah, our dedicated Florida domestic violence defense attorneys will fight for the best possible outcome in your case, aggressively defending and protecting you and your legal rights. For a confidential case evaluation, contact us today at (904) 263-4610.