If you’re facing domestic violence charges in Florida, you may be wondering if there is a chance they could be dropped. You have a good reason to hope for that — the consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be severe and lifelong.
What Is Domestic Violence?
In Florida, the term “domestic violence” refers to a broad range of actions that involve family
members and result in injury or death. Crimes that can fall under domestic violence include:
The term “family members” includes anyone who lives together or who has previously lived together. It also includes people who co-parent a child regardless of whether or not they have ever lived together.
Consequences for Domestic Violence
The results of a conviction for domestic violence can be serious. Under Florida law, a person convicted of a domestic violence charge must serve a minimum of five days in jail.
Depending on the severity of the charge, more significant prison time can result. For example, someone convicted of aggravated battery could face up to 15 years in prison.
In addition to prison time, if the domestic violence charge is sexual in nature, a conviction could result in having to register as a sex offender in Florida. This can make finding housing and work difficult. Some charges can result in a lifetime registration requirement.
How Can Domestic Violence Charges Be Dropped?
When a domestic violence charge is reported, the victim is no longer in control of the situation. Law enforcement will take over the case. When this happens, the issue is now between you and the government, not just you and the victim.
Depending on the facts of the case, it may be possible to have domestic violence charges
dismissed, but you’ll need the help of a qualified defense attorney with experience in domestic violence cases.
Get Help from a Lawyer in Daytona Beach
Volusia County lawyers understand that criminal charges are serious. If you find yourself with the full weight of the criminal justice system against you, you should speak with a lawyer immediately. A domestic violence attorney will represent you and make sure your rights as an accused person are protected.
If you have been arrested or charged for the allegation of Domestic Violence, or any criminal offense, give our office a call at 386-310-2914 to discuss your case. Our initial consultations are at no charge to you.