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Attorneys for Domestic Violence Crimes in Tampa, FL
If you were arrested for domestic violence, including BATTERY (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) (BATT1103) for touching or striking another person, then contact an attorney to find out the best way to fight the charges. The best result in these cases is getting the charges dropped quickly, and if you are eligible, getting the arrest record expunged.
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Misdemeanor charges for “BATTERY (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) (BATT1103)” often involve an offense touching such as a slap, grab, push, or shove, even when no injury occurs. Felony domestic violence crimes include:
Consequences of Domestic Violence Charges in Florida
If you were charged with a crime for any form of domestic violence, including BATTERY (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) (BATT1103), then you need an experienced attorney for the following reasons:
Call the office to speak directly with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your arrest for domestic violence. We take the time to listen to your side of the story and understand all of the facts and circumstances that are unique to your case.
Potential Penalties for Domestic Violence Charges in Tampa, FL
In Florida, the penalties for a domestic violence charge can include:
The best way to avoid these consequences is by seeking experienced representation at each stage of the case.
When children are present for the incident, the arrest might also result in a visit from an investigator with the Child Protective Investigations Division of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
The HCSO CPI investigator will often demand that one or both parents sign a “Child Safety Plan” after an allegation that the child witnessed a “physical altercation” between the mother and father or other family members that endangered the children which presented a present or impending danger.
An experienced criminal defense attorney for domestic violence charges in Tampa, FL, can help you will any additional issues that come up during the investigation.
Seven Types of Domestic Violence in Florida
The seven most common types of domestic violence in Florida include:
In many domestic violence cases, the alleged victim will claim to suffer from all seven of these forms of domestic violence.
Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence
Under section 741.30(1)(a), Florida Statutes, an injunction for protection against domestic violence may be available to someone “who is either the victim of domestic violence … or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence.”
Domestic violence is defined 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.” § 741.28(2).
“Where ‘fear alone is the “reasonable cause” alleged to support the injunction, then not only must the danger feared be imminent but the rationale for the fear must be objectively reasonable as well.’ ” Zapiola v. Kordecki, 210 So.3d 249, 250 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017).
When deciding the case, the court will consider whether the evidence presented at the hearing showed that the Petitioner had reasonable cause to believe that the Petitioner was in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence.
This requisite fear of imminent danger, however, must be an objectively reasonable fear. Mitchell v. Mitchell, 198 So.3d 1096, 1100 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).
In making this determination, trial courts “must consider ‘the current allegations, the parties’ behavior within the relationship, and the history of the relationship as a whole.’ ” Leal v. Rodriguez, 220 So.3d 543, 545 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017).