We Defend All Types of Domestic Violence Charges in Orlando, Florida
Domestic violence has become a hot topic in our society, having risen in public consciousness due to highly publicized cases. Whenver law enforcement feels there is even the slightest suspicion of domestic violence, an arrest will be made. Even if you claim everything is fine, it is difficult to prevent an arrest once a determination has been made by police. Many cases proceed to trial whether a complainant wants the case to continue or not. If you have been accused of or charged with domestic violence in Orlando, you need experienced help.
What Is Considered Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is known by many different names, such as domestic abuse, spousal abuse and family violence. Whether it occurs between a married couple or unmarried couple, parents and children or other family members, domestic violence does not have to be something that is ongoing. According to Florida law, even one action can constitute domestic violence.
Domestic violence is defined as any criminal action that results in the physical injury to or death of a family/household member by another family/household member. This is a term that encompasses many different types of specific crimes, including:
- Assault and Battery
- Domestic Battery by Strangulation
- Violation of domestic violence injunctions (restraining orders)
- Kidnapping and false imprisonment
- Stalking and aggravated stalking
- Sex offenses (such as battery and rape)
Recent Case Result
Domestic Violence Battery Charges Dismissed
State v. 2019-MM-005178-A-O
Hired on a Wednesday for trial the following Monday. Our attorney, Bradford Fisher, met with the client, reviewed the evidence, prepared for trial and then contacted the prosecutor, pointing out the weaknesses in the case and challenging whether the “victim” was really the perpetrator. The State agreed and dismissed the charges, which eliminated the trial three days after they hired us.
Penalties For Domestic Violence in Florida
If charged with domestic violence, assault and battery, or spousal abuse in Florida, you could face the following:
The specific consequences for domestic violence charges are dependent on the level of the charge you are facing. Below are some of the general penalties imposed per degree of charge, and whether or not it is a misdemeanor:
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charges:
- Second degree: Up to 60 days in jail and a monetary fine of up to $500
- First degree: Up to one year in jail and a monetary fine of up to $1,000
Felony Domestic Violence Charges:
- Third degree: Up to five years in jail and monetary fines up to $5,000
- Second degree: Up to 15 years in prison and monetary fines up to $10,000
Defending Domestic Violence Charges
Any type of domestic violence charge is serious and accusations of domestic violence can cause you to feel abandoned by your friends and family. When you work with The Umansky Law Firm, you will have a former prosecutor on your side that will give you an edge inside and outside of the courtroom. Everyone is entitled to tell their side of the story during a fair trial in Florida. It is our job to make sure your argument is strong, your rights are protected and your future is not jeapordized.
Can a Domestic Violence Charge Be Expunged?
If you are fortunate enough to get your domestic violence case dismissed there is a chance you may be able to expunge the charges from your record. However, it is important to understand that you must have the charges dropped and no other convictions on your record. When this is the case, the expungement statute in the State of Florida can help you move forward and avoid complications in your future due to your arrest.
Get Help From an Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of domestic violence or child abuse in Florida, contact a domestic violence attorney at The Umansky Law Firm today for a free case review. During this review, we can evaluate all of the information related to your case and begin developing a defense using a state-of-the-art strategy planning tool.