Domestic Violence Laws in Florida: Legal Rights and Defenses

Florida makes a considerable effort to protect its residents from domestic violence. Unfortunately, some residents can use the state’s domestic violence laws to wrongfully accuse others of misconduct. If you don’t challenge those accusations, someone you thought you cared about could permanently ruin your future.

Fighter Law understands that it’s not always easy to break down the state’s domestic violence laws. That’s why our criminal defense lawyers in Florida offer our services to help break down the accusations brought against you, prepare your defense, and keep you up-to-date as Florida’s domestic violence laws evolve. Our board-certified attorneys, including Attorney Thomas Feiter, are here to fight for you. 

Understanding Florida’s Domestic Violence Laws

In Florida, domestic violence laws and legal rights are designed to safeguard individuals from abuse while providing a framework for legal recourse for victims and those accused. Chapter 741 of the Florida Statutes outlines the prevention of domestic violence, including definitions, restraining orders, and the conditions under which they may be issued. Victims of domestic violence have the right to seek legal protection through injunctions that can order the abuser to stay away from the victim, vacate a shared residence, and cease communication with the victim. 

Additionally, Florida law mandates the reporting of domestic violence incidents to law enforcement, ensuring each case is officially documented, which can be crucial for both the protection of victims and the defense of the accused.

Individuals accused of domestic violence in Florida are entitled to a fair trial and legal representation. Florida law also allows for the possibility of alternative sentencing options, such as participation in a batterer’s intervention program, which can be an alternative to incarceration for those found guilty of domestic violence offenses. This dual approach ensures that while victims receive protection and support, the rights of the accused are also preserved, allowing for a fair and just legal process.

What Qualifies as Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence encompasses a wide range of criminal activities, including the following:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Spousal abuse
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Financial abuse
  • Psychological violence
  • Physical or emotional abuse

If you have been wrongfully accused of any of the above examples, you have the grounds to challenge the accusations brought against you. You can work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to keep your record clean.

Consequences For Domestic Violence Charges

If you face accusations of domestic violence, it’s in your best interest to intimately understand what specific charges the prosecution intends to bring against you. Domestic violence cases tend to entitle the prosecution to an elevated degree of protection. You, in turn, may face greater penalties for your alleged behavior, particularly if you let a court’s accusations go unchallenged.

The consequences for unchallenged domestic violence charges can include considerable time in jail in addition to lengthy probation. The state may also require you to undergo an intervention program or community service. 

In some cases, you may lose custody of your children or become subject to a restraining order. What’s more, it is impossible to remove a domestic violence conviction from your criminal record. Information about the conviction remains publicly available. 

Crafting a Defense Against Domestic Violence Charges

The broad nature of domestic violence charges can make it challenging for the prosecution to argue that you engaged in criminal behavior beyond a reasonable doubt.

Moreover, you can opt to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to argue against the charges brought against you. Your criminal defense attorney can specifically help you craft a defense against your charges, including the following:

  • Accidental violence
  • Violence as self-defense
  • Defamation and libel
  • Police failure to uphold your rights
  • Police failure to conduct an appropriate investigation into the accusations

We can discuss what defenses might best help you protect your future when you first schedule a case evaluation with our team.

Call a Professional Legal Representative at Fighter Law Today

You don’t have to stand for inappropriate accusations of harm. If you want to protect your future, you can request that Fighter Law’s criminal defense attorneys step in and oversee your case. We can challenge accusations of domestic violence brought against you in the Sunshine State.

You can contact our firm to learn more about the representative services we’ve offered parties in your position before. Contact us online or by calling our office at (407) 344-4837. We’re ready to hear from you.


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