Domestic Violence Sentencing Enhancements
Minimum penalties for domestic violence convictions include mandatory jail time and participation in a batterers’ intervention program. When certain conditions are present, sentencing enhancements can apply to the case and result in increased punishment. With these sentencing enhancements, a misdemeanor offense can quickly turn into a felony offense. Additionally under Federal law, anyone convicted of a crime involving domestic violence, either a felony or misdemeanor, is prohibited from owning a firearm. A violation of this federal law is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, our team of Orlando criminal defense attorneys has experience protecting the rights of people charged with domestic violence. We focus our efforts at all times on developing a successful defense strategy, aimed at minimizing the consequences of a conviction. You can rest assured that will fight hard for the best possible outcome in your case.
When Do Sentencing Enhancements Apply?
In our experience, we have observed that sentencing enhancements arise due to several common circumstances:
- Domestic strangulation
- Use of a deadly weapon
- Prior offenses
- Domestic violence in the presence of a child
- Intentionally causing bodily harm
- Simple battery on a pregnant woman
Charges involving any of the above can result in a felony. A domestic battery charge can be enhanced to a third-degree felony, even if it does not cause great bodily harm. For example, having a prior offense can result in third-degree felony charges.
It is vital to ensure that any charges you face are analyzed as thoroughly as possible by your attorney. It is equally as vital to ensure that all available defenses are used to have the evidence thrown out or the charges lowered.
We understand how confusing and frightening it is to be accused of domestic violence. When sentencing enhancements threaten your freedom and your livelihood, you deserve a defense attorney who fully understands the potential penalties you face. As your law firm, we will make ourselves available to you at all times and answer any questions you may have.
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