Fort Lauderdale Domestic Violence Lawyer
Various crimes can be committed under the term “domestic violence.” These generally involve violent acts committed against household or family members. They have been established under Florida law and are aggressively prosecuted, often by special prosecutors. These crimes have serious consequences and, if you are convicted, they cannot be sealed or expunged which means that you will have a permanent criminal record for life.
If you have been accused of any domestic violence crime, it is essential that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to review your case before you take any independent action. At The McFarlane Firm, you can count on the dedication of our Fort Lauderdale domestic violence attorney who has approximately 20 years of experience in defending clients against such charges. Our firm will thoroughly analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding your charges to determine the best approach for moving forward. We will do everything possible to help you beat the charge and/or mitigate any consequences.
Domestic Violence in Florida
Domestic violence is defined under Florida Statute 741.28in the following ways:
- Any assault
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Aggravated stalking
- False imprisonment
- Any offense resulting in physical injury or death
These crimes become “domestic” when they are committed against spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who live together or have formerly lived together, and persons who share a child.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
A first-offense conviction of a domestic violence crime is generally punishable by up to a year in jail or probation, with mandatory time spent in jail if the alleged victim was injured, a fine of up to $1,000, and completion of a batterers’ intervention program. Depending on the case, other penalties that may be imposed include community service hours and substance abuse programs. Furthermore, if charged with domestic violence, you are often removed from the shared residence and named in a “stay away” order. This is a protective order issued by the Judge presiding over your case that bars any contact by you with the alleged victim.
Domestic violence crimes are considered crimes of “moral turpitude.” That means that the federal government and many similar agencies and employers view a domestic violence conviction negatively. Because of this, these crimes can be grounds for deportation and loss of certain licenses.
The McFarlane Firm Is Here to Defend You
Domestic violence charges are often based on false, exaggerated, or otherwise misleading accusations. They commonly arise out of spite or other emotions by one individual against the other in divorce or child custody situations. Having a trusted defender in your corner immediately can often go a long ways in having false charges dropped. We strongly advise that you contact our firm as soon as possible in any allegations of domestic violence.