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Understanding Florida’s Domestic Violence Statute Section 741.28
Domestic violence charges in Florida are considered "Domestic Violence Battery" allegations under Florida Statutes Section 741.28. These are particularly serious charges that accuse the defendant of inflicting harm on another member of their household (or a current or former romantic partner). If a guilty verdict is reached, not only does the accused face significant penalties but could face additional family law issues, as well.
At Vanover Law Firm, we are well-versed in how damaging a criminal accusation can be in the lives of our clients. That is why we are ready to provide staunch, incisive counsel for our clients facing domestic battery charges. We understand what the stakes are in these cases and always endeavor to ensure that facts are properly scrutinized both in and outside of the courtroom.
What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Florida?
Domestic violence is considered a first-degree misdemeanor under Florida law. In addition to the usual penalties this type of misdemeanor charge can provide, the accused is exposed to other penalties due to the assumed sensitivity of these matters.
Penalties for domestic violence charges can include:
- Up to one year in jail (five days required)
- Up to one year of probation
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Community service
- Batterer's Intervention Program (26-week course)
- No contact order or an injunction
For more information on these charges and what penalties you may be exposed to, call our offices today. We're ready to help you explore your defense options.
Florida Domestic Violence Assault Charges
Like other states, Florida makes a distinction between battery and assault. While battery concerns physical contact between parties, assault (Florida Statutes Section 784.011) addresses verbal or physical threats of violence. Defendants who are charged with domestic violence are also often charged with some form of assault, as well.
Assault is a second-degree misdemeanor that can result in:
- Up to 60 days in jail
- Up to $500 in fines
Because assault can be charged with each alleged victim that was present for an incident, these allegations can quickly multiply in a domestic setting. If you have been charged with domestic violence and/or assault, our Fort Walton Beach domestic violence attorney is ready to you help you combat these allegations.
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