Charged with domestic violence anywhere in Central Florida? If so, contact a Florida domestic abuse lawyer as soon as possible. Florida legal authorities view domestic violence crimes very unfavorably and seldom hesitate to impose severe penalties with permanent consequences for perpetrators. Any criminal case is for defendant and family a frighteningly stressful experience. When the criminal conduct charged involves threatened or actual violence within the family, the situation becomes far more difficult and the stress compounded. For more than 20 years now, my office has represented regular, ordinary people arrested in Domestic Violence Battery cases. What we have found is that, in too many times, Domestic Battery cases are grossly exaggerated in scope and description. If the arrest was an overreaction by the police, let us know immediately so that we may contact prosecutors and give them the proper perspective of what "actually happened" as opposed to what was written in the arresting officer's report.
"Pleading Guilty or No Contest to a Domestic Violence Battery case can never be removed from your record."
Florida legal authorities view domestic violence crimes very unfavorably and seldom hesitate to impose severe penalties with permanent consequences for perpetrators. Any criminal case is for defendant and family a frighteningly stressful experience. When the criminal conduct charged involves threatened or actual violence within the family, the situation becomes far more difficult and the stress compounded. Florida law also prohibits anyone from Sealing or Expunging a Domestic Battery conviction even when there has been a Withhold of Adjudication. Domestic Battery cases requires a special type of legal representation because so much is on the line. Handled improperly and you will be labeled a "Batterer" and will have a permanent record of violent behavior for anyone to see employers, friends and neighbors, colleagues. That means anyone with internet access will be making judgments about you based on that record.
Can’t return to your home?
Courts routinely impose "No Contact" orders most likely meaning you cannot return to your own home or see your own family or children. Tell us right away if the judge imposed a “No Contact” in your case. We will need to file a motion to remove it as soon as possible.
Police and prosecutors have a no-exceptions policy across the board in Domestic Battery cases. They won’t care if it is the first time you have been charged with a crime. Domestic violence is a hot topic in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida due to increasing media focus and reports of notorious incidents and to mounting political pressure for punishment and deterrence. Unfortunately, this increased public awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence has also brought about many questionable prosecutions in response to any allegation of a domestic violence crime regardless of the evidence against it. This development has forced many innocent people to face domestic violence charges that are unwarranted and unsupported by reliably substantial evidence as to be frivolous and even maliciously false. The best way to defend against a charge of domestic violence is with legal assistance and representation of an experienced Domestic Violence Battery lawyer like James G. Souza III.
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We handle all kinds of Domestic Battery cases between any two cohabitants living together as family or in a family-like relationship, violence between relatives or former spouses actually living together or not, or violence between same-sex domestic partners or of alleged violation of a restraining order against domestic violence.