So you, your spouse, or your significant other has been arrested for a domestic violence charge. Domestic violence charges can come in the form of battery, assault, or any of the aggravators that accompany those charges. This how-to-guide will give you some of the ins and outs of what to do if you are charged with domestic violence or if a loved one is charged.
Typically a victim of domestic violence calls the police. The police arrive at the home and someone will be taken into custody. By the time someone is taken into custody, the victim of domestic violence normally wants to drop the charges. Normally under Florida law, an alleged victim cannot drop the charges once an arrest has been made. Only the State Attorney can do this. In most counties in Florida, domestic violence is such a politically charged subject, that it is usually prosecuted by specially trained prosecutors. Some domestic violence cases are also the result of false accusations by a spiteful partner. It is imperative that if you are charged with a domestic violence crime that you contact an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney immediately. This is especially true when the “victim” of the domestic battery wants to drop charges.
Domestic violence occurs when family members or significant others injure or commit a violent offense against another. There are a number of crimes that you could be charged with such as assault, battery, false imprisonment, and stalking. Penalties for domestic violence can be extremely serious and can include jail time, probation, or require the individual to participate in domestic violence intervention programs. Even if you get a withhold of adjudication, you will be ineligible to ever have your record sealed or expunged.
The cost of hiring a criminal defense lawyer depends upon the exact crime the defendant is charged with, the injuries sustained to the victim and the prior criminal record of the defendant, if any. If you or a loved one has been charged with a domestic violence crime, call an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.
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