Domestic violence can not only scar you and your family physically, emotionally and mentally, but also tear a family apart. If a couple has children, one parent can lose visitation rights and custody of them. On the other hand, if a partner is falsely accused of domestic violence, that person will suffer legal consequences of domestic violence charges. Once domestic violence charges go on a criminal record, they can’t be expunged. This means the record cannot be destroyed and are kept on file with various government agencies that include the arresting police agency and courthouse.
There are other legal consequences of domestic violence charges besides their permanence on your criminal record. Penalties include mandatory jail time of at least five days, obligatory attendance of a batterers intervention program for 26-29 week, the revocation of your concealed weapons permit and your right to have a gun while on probation (even for a misdemeanor).
Florida state law defines domestic violence as “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”
If you are the victim of domestic violence, an attorney can help protect your rights and those of your child’s by arranging child custody and visitation rights. This would, however, bar communication between the accused party and the child either temporarily or permanently.
On the other hand, it’s far from unusual that a vengeful domestic partner falsely files domestic violence charges. If you handle such a case by yourself, the charges could permanently go on your record. You could go to jail, get a restraining order filed against you, lose custody of your children and much more. A domestic violence attorney can help you avoid the legal consequences of domestic violence charges by trying to see that such charges are never filed.
Anderson & Ferrin know the legal consequences of domestic violence charges on you and your family. We focus on open communication with our clients when reviewing their cases with them. We ensure that if you are the victim of domestic violence or have been falsely charged of it, we will direct you through the proceedings and protect your rights.
Anderson & Ferrin serves the Orlando/Central Florida region. Call us now for an initial Free Consultation: 407-412-7041