If you are facing allegations of domestic violence or family abuse, you know that the ramifications of these accusations can be serious and immediate. The accuser may have left you with little social traction, causing you to be removed from your home and family without much recourse. Being charged with domestic assault does not have to be the end of the road for your reputation, however; you can combat these allegations using a variety of legal strategies employed by our trained attorneys.
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 criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member." Domestic violence is not just when two family members disagree and argue, a spat between a husband and wife or an anger management issue.
Charges of domestic violence can be allotted to anyone, including actors and actresses. Recently, Luke Bigham, who starred in "Talladega Nights," was charged with domestic violence harassment for an argument between him and his mother. He allegedly shoved his mother into the stairs. His mother, who admitted she was in pain when the police arrived, refused medical attention.
A Florida man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly violated a protective order against his wife and attacked her on June 15. The defendant, age 50, apparently got into an argument with the woman over the no-contact order, which was related to a previous allegation of domestic abuse. The defendant is accused of domestic strangulation after apparently choking the woman until she became unconscious.
A former football player for the University of Maine was arrested in Georgia and will be expedited back to Florida to face domestic assault charges.
The Clerk of Court in Orange County, Florida, has changed the way that the local government can deal with domestic violence situations. This was done, according to those involved, because there are domestic violence cases that need to be addressed on off hours; they do not always come up during the standard workday or even during the week.
Florida law enforcement officers are often called out to intervene in domestic violence issues. Sometimes, they find themselves visiting the same home over and over when they have two people with volatile tempers living in the same household. Their job is to protect each individual from harm, even if it means arresting and charging someone with domestic battery or enforcing a restraining order.
When emotions run high, it is all too easy for an ordinary argument to turn into a domestic violence situation. In some cases, violence may be directed against another person, such as domestic assault or battery. In other cases, the violence is the result of one individual's anger or frustration over circumstances that have arguably gone too far. In either case, Florida laws are strict concerning individuals who are ultimately found guilty of domestic violence accusations.
Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously by law enforcement officials in Florida. Domestic violence charges can result in going to prison, paying fines and even having restricted or no access to your family.
Being convicted of any criminal wrongdoing can affect your life in a myriad of ways. But being convicted of domestic violence charges can uniquely impact your access to your children, your right to legally carry weapons and even your ability to remain in your own home. For these and a host of other reasons, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been accused of committing any kind of domestic violence.