Facing domestic violence charges in Florida is serious. If you or your loved one have been charged with domestic violence in Florida, it's important that you seek help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Florida prosecutors can charge defendants with domestic violence crimes. Additionally, victims of emotional or physical abuse can petition the court for a domestic violence injunction against the alleged perpetrator for protection. Criminal domestic violence and restraining orders are both serious matters that require immediate attention. Speak to a Palm Beach Domestic Violence Lawyer Today Whether you are facing criminal charges or you have been falsely accused of domestic violence and named in an injunction, attorney Mark Solomon, P.A, is here to help. He has decades of experience in successfully representing clients in domestic violence matters. After evaluating your case, he will help you fight the injunction against you, and work to clear your name.
Attorney Mark Solomon will gather evidence, interview relevant witnesses, interview the person accusing you of domestic violence and provide you skilled legal representation at your domestic violence injunction hearing. He has a long track record of successfully defending Florida residents accused of domestic violence. Contact him today to schedule your initial consultation.
Domestic Violence Injunctions Courts have the power to issue temporary domestic violence injunctions against people when there is clear and convincing evidence of domestic violence. Typically, courts Grant temporary domestic violence injunctions without going through the process of a hearing. The temporary injunction will remain in effect for up to 15 days. The court will schedule a full hearing before the temporary injunction expires. There are five types of domestic violence injunctions:
Domestic violence injunctions can be filed when there is an incidence of violence and the respondent is a spouse, former spouse, blood relative, or living with you.
Repeat violence injunctions are used when someone has committed violence against a member of his or her immediate family within the last six months
Sexual violence injunctions are used when there has been an incidence of violence that includes a sexual act, or the attempt of a sexual act
Dating violence injunctions are used when an incidence of violence between individuals who have a continuing relationship of an intimate and romantic nature occurs within the last six months
Stalking violence injunctions are used when someone purposely follows or harasses another person repeatedly over a period of time with no legitimate reason to do so
Domestic violence injunctions are civil matters, not criminal, but the consequences can be serious. Should the court issue a permanent injunction against you, you could lose the ability to spend time with your family, including your children. Domestic violence injunctions can also have a negative effect on the outcome of child support, child custody, and spousal support matters. Should the court grant your domestic violence injunction, it will become part of your permanent public record, which could impact your employment and housing opportunities.
Domestic Violence Injunction Hearings Have you been served with a notice that someone has filed a domestic violence injunction against you? If so, it is crucial that you contact an experienced domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible. We recommend speaking to a lawyer before taking any other action. Sometimes people make the mistake of violating the domestic violence injunction against them to try to work things out with the petitioner who filed it. It is best to work with an attorney who can contact the petitioner's lawyer to communicate. You do not want to give the petitioner any additional evidence to use against you at your domestic violence injunction hearing. After you are served with a domestic violence injunction, you will need to participate in a hearing before a family court judge. The judge will listen to the evidence and decide whether to issue a permanent injunction against you. Representing yourself at a domestic violence injunction hearing is possible, but it is not advisable. A domestic violence lawyer understands the process and will be able to present evidence and ask questions on your behalf.
Facing Criminal Domestic Violence Charges in FloridaFlorida prosecutors are tough when it comes to prosecuting domestic violence crimes. When people refer to domestic violence charges, they are typically referring to violent crimes that occur between family members or intimate partners. Domestic violence charges can include all of the following types of crimes:
Interference with a 911 phone call
Battery upon a pregnant woman
Domestic violence strangulation
The phrase domestic violence has a particular meeting under Florida law. Under Florida law criminal acts are considered domestic violence when a person causes a family member or domestic partner to fear for his or her safety, causes the victim physical pain, psychological pain, injury, or illness. Florida prosecutors will bring domestic violence charges against the defendant when the defendant and the alleged victim are connected in any of the following ways:
The defendant is an intimate partner of the victim
The defendant is the victims current or former spouse
The defendant currently lives with or previously lived with the victim
The defendant is a person who is akin to a spouse
The defendant committed a violent assault against an adult or youth victim when the victim was under the protection of Florida's domestic violence laws
Domestic violence does not always require a violent physical act. Under Florida law, words, Acts, or a combination of both that place, another person in fear can constitute domestic violence. Similarly, if the victim believes, based on the defendant's conduct, that a violent act will harm her or him, the defendant can face domestic violence charges.
Contact a Palm Beach, Florida Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Today If your loved one is facing domestic violence charges, or someone has filed a domestic violence injunction against you, attorney Mark Solomon is here to help. He can use his decades of experience representing clients in domestic violence matters to help you secure the best possible outcome in your case. Contact him today to schedule your initial consultation.