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In Florida, Domestic Violence Battery (also known as Domestic Battery) is a serious offense that carries significantly enhanced criminal penalties. Due to political pressures and Florida’s rigid domestic relations statutes, Domestic Violence Battery is vigorously prosecuted throughout the State. If you have been charged with Domestic Violence or Domestic Battery in Jacksonville, Florida, contact the attorneys at Hussein & Webber, PL to discuss defenses and your legal options.
In Florida, the term “Domestic Violence” means a crime of violence committed by one family or household member against another family or household member. Under Florida law, there are numerous types of offenses that may qualify for a “domestic violence” designation, including, but not limited to, battery, aggravated battery, assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment.
Under Section 741.28, Florida Statutes, the term “family or household member” means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family, persons who have resided together as if a family in the past, and persons who are parents of a child in common (regardless of whether they have been married). The statute specifically requires that the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit. The only exception is for persons who have a child in common
As used in Florida criminal law, “domestic violence” is a type of penalty enhancement that is applied to ordinary offenses such as a battery. As an enhanced charge, domestic violence battery means that an accused will face additional penalties beyond those required of simple battery. These additional penalties include:
No. Under Florida law, a person who commits an act of domestic violence, as defined in Section 741.28, Florida Statutes (including battery), is ineligible to have his or her record sealed or expunged, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. In other words, if you plead to any domestic violence charge, such as domestic battery, you will have lifetime criminal record for that offense. There are no exceptions.
In many Florida domestic violence battery cases, the court presiding over the case
impose what is commonly known as a “No Contact” order. A No Contact Order is a type
of injunction that is imposed as a condition of your release from jail on bond. It
is almost always used in domestic violence cases. If the no contact order was issued
as a condition of your release, it means that you may not contact the alleged victim
directly or indirectly, until otherwise ordered by the court. “No contact” means
you can not call, speak to, text, e-
An accused who is the subject of a “No Contact” order must be extremely careful to abide by the letter of the court’s directive. Even minor violations will result in an immediate arrest and form the basis of a new criminal charge, punishable by up to 6 months in jail. It’s important to point out that only the court has the authority to lift or modify the “no contact” order. The victim’s consent for you to resume contact is not enough. The court’s order will stand until the court itself agrees to modify the order. For additional information about lifting or modifying a domestic violence “no contact” order in Florida, visit our How to Lift a No Contact Order web page.
A domestic violence battery charge is a serious matter with severe penalties. If you have been accused, contact a Jacksonville attorney immediately. In Florida, Domestic violence is one of the most defendable charges in all of criminal law, and a decision to plead should not be made without a lawyer thoroughly reviewing your case and considering all of your legal options. At Hussein & Webber, PL, our criminal attorneys have extensive experience fighting false allegations by alleged victims and vindicating the rights of the falsely accused at trial. We defend against these charges vigorously and pursue every legal option available to protect our clients’ rights and interests. Call us today for a free consultation.
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