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In Florida, the State is concerned with protecting the safety of its residents, which means when allegations of domestic violence are made, it prosecutes these matters to the full extent of the law. It will use its considerable resources to attempt to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the alleged offense. If you're convicted, you could be looking at spending time in jail or prison, and you could be ordered to pay steep fines. Additionally, being found guilty of a domestic violence crime can result in the loss of your gun rights. When so many aspects of your life are on the line, it's imperative that you seek skilled legal help.
If you've been accused of committing a domestic violence offense, contact our seasoned attorneys at the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. immediately. These types of matters need swift attention, and the sooner you retain our legal services, the quicker we can begin building a defense on your behalf. Our team has over 45 years of combined legal experience, and we know how to effectively fight charges. We will be by your side throughout your case, working toward obtaining a favorable outcome for you, such as getting charges dropped or the case dismissed.
We want to hear your side of the story. Call our Orlando domestic violence attorneys today at (407) 901-5852 to get started on your case.
What Is Domestic Violence?
In Florida, domestic violence is defined as an offense committed against a spouse, former spouse, relative or people that share a child, regardless of their living situation The type of conduct you engage in does not have to result in physical injury for it to meet this definition. If you use verbal threats of violence or you carry out an act that causes the alleged victim to experience substantial emotional distress, you could be charged.
Florida Statute § 741.28 provides that the following can be considered domestic violence offenses:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Aggravated stalking
- False imprisonment
- Other violent crimes
What Are the Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction?
Domestic violence is not just one crime. It's a category of offenses that are charged when committed against certain people. As such, the potential punishments you could face depend on your specific charge. For example, if you were accused of a misdemeanor domestic assault offense, you could be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail. However, the sanctions increase for a conviction for a crime that is considered more serious, such as aggravated battery.
If you're found guilty of this second-degree felony, you could be imprisoned for a maximum of 15 years. Regardless of whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense, under federal law, you could be banned from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
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Being charged with a domestic violence offense in Orlando or the surrounding areas can be a frightening experience. The consequences of a conviction are high, and your rights and freedoms are at stake. Rather than trying to handle your case alone, let our knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers guide you through the process and fight to protect your best interests. We thoroughly prepare for each case we handle, and we will present a compelling argument on your behalf.
Are you ready to defend against the accusations made against you? Call Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A. at (407) 901-5852 or submit an online contact form.
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