Domestic Violence Attorney
Serving Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and all of Florida
If you have been arrested or accused of domestic violence, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The state of Florida takes these types of cases seriously and does not tolerate this form of violence. If convicted, you face serious penalties and long-term consequences.
Allegations of domestic violence can often be made out of spite, and innocent spouses and partners can be arrested and even convicted of domestic violence. Because these cases rely on the victim’s testimony, it is hard to protect your rights when you are falsely accused, which is why you need to contact a criminal defense attorney in Florida.
The Types of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence does not always involve assault and battery. These can include:
- Sexual assault
- Criminal trespassing
- False imprisonment
- Spousal rape
- Violating a restraining order
Domestic violence in Florida is a misdemeanor, but there are instances when it can be upgraded to a felony – depending on the circumstances of the case. If you have a past history of violence or any criminal convictions, you may find that prosecutors will seek higher and harsher penalties for your crime.
Domestic violence cases are ones that are taken seriously by police, prosecutors, and judges. You need to know your rights and you should consult with a criminal defense attorney right away if you are facing these types of charges.
Penalties for Domestic Violence
The penalties for your domestic violence case will depend on your charges, the evidence against you, and the attorney you hire for representation. You will face statutory penalties for the applicable crime, but you will also face enhanced penalties that the state uses against domestic violence offenders. These enhanced penalties include:
- Minimum mandatory five-day jail sentence
- Mandatory entrance into a 26- to 29-week batterers intervention program
- Loss of concealed weapons permit
- Loss of the right to carry a gun while on probation – even if you are charged with only a misdemeanor
- Inability to seal or expunge your criminal record
Contact Tony Bennett Law Today
If you have been arrested for domestic violence, Tony Bennett Law can help. Depending on your case, you may have multiple defenses at your disposal, including:
- Alcohol or drug or even substance abuse issues
- Child custody disputes gone wrong
- Mental health issues
- A pending divorce
The only way to avoid the enhanced penalties for domestic violence is to contact a criminal defense attorney that has experience in these types of cases.
Tony Bennett Law offers you a free, no-obligation consultation to explore your legal options and help you preserve your rights and freedom.
Contact us today at 561-972-7021 to get started.