Domestic Violence Battery
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We are Florida Domestic Battery Defense Attorneys.
We understand the stress and total life upheaval that comes with serious criminal charges because we’re people that have been in your shoes.
We also happen to be attorneys who defend charges of domestic battery in Broward County, Miami Dade County and Palm Beach County.
Our Florida criminal defense attorneys will be there when you need us because we know exactly how you are suffering. Before becoming a lawyer, a partner at our firm was wrongfully charged with racketeering. It was not until three years of stress, worry and sleepless nights that he was exonerated.
When you become our client at our firm, you get a partner’s cell phone number. Not an answering service number, his actual cell phone number.
It’s the same number that his mother uses to reach him.
What is Domestic Battery?
Domestic battery or domestic violence is defined by Florida Statute 741.28 as any:
- Aggravated assault or battery;
- Sexual assault or battery;
- Stalking or aggravated stalking;
- False imprisonment; or
Any criminal offense that results in the physical injury or death of a family/household member, by another family/household member. Family or household members include the following persons:
- Spouses (husbands and wives);
- Former spouses (ex-husband and ex-wifes);
- Persons related by blood or marriage;
- Persons who currently live together;
- Persons who previously lived together;
- Persons who have a child in common (whether or not they’ve ever been married).
Family or household members must currently be living or have lived in the same single dwelling unit, with the exception of those persons who have a child in common.
Penalties for Domestic Battery
Domestic Battery charges can result in various penalties, such as:
- Completion of a 29 week Batterer’s Intervention Program (BIP);
- 12 months of probation;
- 5 days required jail (if the defendant is adjudicated guilty and there is bodily injury);
- Losing important civil liberties;
- Community service hours;
- Imposition of an injunction or ‘no contact’ order.
Additionally, under Florida law, a person who commits an act of domestic violence battery or any other domestic-related crime of violence, is ineligible to have his or her record sealed or expunged, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. This means that if you plead to any charge of domestic battery, you will have a lifetime criminal record for the offense. No exceptions apply to the rule.
Defenses to Domestic Battery
There are many defenses that our Florida domestic battery defense lawyers will use to contest a charge of domestic violence battery in Florida.
Certainly not nearly an exhaustive list, some of the more common defenses include self-defense, defense of property, stand your ground, consent or mutual combat, alibis, and lack of intent to touch or strike. Facts and circumstances surrounding your case will likely dictate additional defenses.
We will zealously defend your freedom and rights to the fullest extent of the law.
We are your Defense Lawyers for Domestic Battery in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade County.
Call us. We want to hear your story, and share ours.