Orlando Domestic Battery Defense Attorneys
What is Domestic Battery In Florida?
In Florida domestic violence battery, also called battery DV, is an intentional and unwanted touching or striking of a family member or household member against their will.
Any criminal charge involving violence, threats or harassment of a family member is extremely serious under Florida law. Even threats or stalking can lead to a domestic violence charge. If physical violence in any form is alleged, felony charges are almost a certainty. We strongly advice you to contact a skilled domestic battery attorney if charges of battery DV are brought upon you!
Who Is Considered A Family Member In A Domestic Violence Case?
Florida Law classifies as family members:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Persons related by blood or marriage
- Persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if family
- Persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married
With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing together in the same dwelling unit.
Battery DV - Penalties And Other Consequences
In Florida the offense of battery DV (domestic violence battery) is a first degree misdemeanor and may be filed under a wide range of circumstances. If you are convicted of domestic violence battery, a judge may impose the following penalties:
- Up to one (1) year in jail
- One (1) year of probation
- $1,000 fine
- Extensive and costly mandatory counseling
- Revocation of a gun permit
- Criminal record that cannot be sealed or expunged
At LaBar Adams, a proven criminal defense firm serving people throughout the Orlando area and Central Florida, we move rapidly and decisively to protect our clients' rights and futures. We know that there are two sides to every story and that your critical concerns may involve avoiding:
- A criminal conviction that could have serious implications for your job and future employability
- A court order that forbids you from going back to your home or having any contact with your spouse, domestic partner or other alleged victim
The State May Pursue Your Domestic Battery Case Even If Your Accuser Chooses Not To
If police respond to a call involving battery DV, spousal abuse or child abuse at any level, they generally see no alternative but to make an arrest. In many cases we handle, the person who called police later decides she or he does not want to press charges — but the state's attorney does not accept this "declination of prosecution" and proceeds with the case.
Contact The Orlando Domestic Battery Attorneys At LaBar Adams
Whether you believe the charge against you is unjustified or you know you made a mistake, you need a lawyer who will investigate, proactively contact your spouse or other witnesses and determine the best possible defense for you.
Moving quickly to get sound, resourceful legal counsel can make all the difference for your family relationships and future. To consult our experienced Orlando battery DV attorney call 866-680-4LAW or fill out the online form located at the top of this page as soon as possible.