If you have been charged with domestic violence, then you may be afraid that a conviction will make people look at you differently. We know that your reputation is important to you. What is important for you to know is that your attorney’s reputation is important, too.
You want an attorney with a track record for success. You want an attorney who has experience defending clients against the type of charges you are facing. You want an attorney who will treat you with respect during the course of your defense. We have decades of experience in criminal defense and are dedicated to making sure that our clients understand what is happening throughout their case.
Domestic violence charges are sometimes made for strategic reasons. Divorce or child custody proceedings can lead to charges being made falsely in order to gain an advantage in family court. In addition, sometimes the police are called in the heat of the moment or in the midst of an argument. Other times, a bystander misunderstands what they are seeing and hearing and law enforcement are called without the knowledge of those directly involved.
Unfortunately, there is rarely a way to “take back” charges once they have been made. This is because in Flordia, domestic violence charges are brought by the state on behalf of the victim. While this is intended to ensure that individuals who commit domestic violence are brought to justice, it can work against you if charges were made as the result of a misunderstanding. For that reason, it is important for you to hire an attorney who will defend you vigorously.
The consequences for a domestic violence conviction in Florida can be severe and have an impact on your life for many years afterward. Possible penalties can include:
Even if you and the alleged victim agree that law enforcement and the courts should never have been involved, you need to hire qualified legal representation. If you have been charged with domestic violence in Tampa, contact one of our experienced attorneys today for a free and confidential consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you understand your defense options.