Criminal Defense Attorneys – Helping to Defend Against Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a broad term that can apply to any violent or abusive incident or situation that develops between people in a relationship of some sort. The relationship does not have to mean that the parties are actually related to each other by either blood or marriage. So, for example, domestic violence can occur between spouses, a boyfriend and girlfriend, same-sex partners, an adult child and an elderly parent, or any other parties that are in any kind of relationship with one another. A domestic violence charge is a charge that the courts take very seriously because domestic violence can have such tragic consequences. As a result, the penalties for a domestic violence conviction are severe in the state of Florida. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous individuals have discovered that it is all too easy to make an allegation of domestic violence. Increasingly, false claims of violence are being made by people in moments of extreme anger or for vindictive motives as a way of “getting at” the accused. Once an accusation has been made, however, it cannot be undone, even if the alleged victim wants to take it back. With domestic violence allegations, once the wheels of the judicial system are set in motion, it can be very hard to stop them. If charges have been filed, only the prosecuting attorney can drop them, not the police, not witnesses, not even the accuser.
Importance of Having a Strong Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges
Obviously, when the stakes are so high as they are with a domestic violence charge, anyone facing such charges will want the very best criminal defense lawyer possible. Often, a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to get the charges dropped altogether. In other instances, agreements can be reached regarding reduced sentences, or the domestic violence attorney may determine that taking the case to trial is in the best interests of the client because the evidence for the prosecution is extremely weak. The only way to know what is best, however, is for the accused to consult with an attorney who is experienced in dealing with domestic violence cases. At Leader & Leader, we have a proven track record and years of accumulated experience in defending against domestic violence charges and helping our clients to obtain the best possible outcomes for their particular circumstances.
Types of Domestic Violence Charges Defended by our Criminal Defense Attorneys
The domestic violence lawyers at Leader & Leader can defend you against a variety of domestic violence related charges, including:
- Threats or Harrassment
- Physical Abuse
- Domestic Assault and/or Domestic Battery
- Sexual Abuse
- Unwanted Sexual Contact
- Verbal and/or Emotional Abuse or Cruelty
- Child Abuse
- … and, other domestic violence allegations
Domestic Violence – A Serious Charge with Serious Consequences Upon Conviction
In the state of Florida, domestic violence charges can result in a felony or a misdemeanor conviction depending upon the circumstances surrounding the case. When the victim has suffered a severe injury, the case will be tried as a felony. In the absence of injury, the case will usually be tried as a misdemeanor, though that is not a hard and fast rule. Regardless of what type of charges are filed, however, a conviction can result in prison time (up to six months for a misdemeanor and up to three years in a state prison for a felony), mandatory counseling, required community service, costly fines, and restraining orders. However, the damaging effects of a domestic violence conviction do not end with court imposed sentencing. If convicted of domestic violence, you could experience difficulty in obtaining employment, qualifying for loans, and being allowed custody or visitation of your children, well into the future.
Domestic Violence Defense You Can Count On
When you need an aggressive Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney to fight domestic violence charges, Leader & Leader is a criminal defense law firm that has a breadth of experience in defending clients in domestic violence cases. Together, the defense attorneys at the firm have a combined 68 years of experience. When you work with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney at Leader & Leader, you will get a lawyer who will defend you from domestic violence allegations at every step of the process. When you need the assistance of a qualified domestic violence attorney, fill out our FREE CASE REVIEW form at www.criminallawleader.com/contact-us/ or call 954.523.2020 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an initial consultation. At Leader & Leader, we are here to help you.