Domestic violence is not simply a crime against your spouse. While it typically involves spouses, Florida statutes have included boyfriends, girlfriend, partners, former partners, children, etc. In any event, domestic violence is a serious crime and it carries the stigma of abusing one’s family and loved ones.
We Can Fight Criminal And Family Consequences Of Domestic Assault
Sergio Cruz has family law experience which can help in your defense. Why is this important? A domestic violence conviction can have negative effects on other legal matters and on your personal life. Below are two examples:
- If you are involved in a divorce and child custody case and are accused of domestic violence, you risk receiving jail time for the underlying offense, but you could also lose custody of your children.
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, a domestic violence conviction can cause deportation or removal proceedings to be brought against you.
If you have been arrested or accused of family violence, call my office in Orlando at 855-784-2538 for help in your criminal matter. Initial consultations are free. Hablamos español.
You Are Not Guilty Simply Because You Were Arrested
Most alleged domestic violence or assault incidents occur within closed settings, outside the presence of law enforcement. Thus, it is not always clear whether a crime took place at all. The prosecutor has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that you in fact committed domestic violence. The police, however, can still arrest you based on the story of the alleged victim.
Just because you are arrested on suspicion for domestic violence does not necessarily mean that you are guilty of domestic violence. There could be many possible defenses and other mitigating circumstances that result in either a dismissal of your case or less severe penalties. You need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer to explore your defense options, fight for your rights, advocate for your side of the story and obtain a successful resolution.
Prosecutors zealously prosecute domestic violence charges in Florida. The typical
punishment for domestic violence includes a range of the following:
- Anger management classes
- A no contact order
- Monetary fines
- Jail time
- Batter Intervention Program (29 weeks)
If the judge has entered a no-contact order at your first appearance, it is important to avoid all contact with the alleged victim — even if the victim wants to have contact with you.
Was A No Contact Order Issued? Were You Arrested? Call Us Now.
If you have any questions about the no contact provision or if you have been arrested on suspicion of domestic assault, contact me right away, and I can help you. Don’t delay calling 855 or emailing us to schedule your initial consultation. Hablamos español.