Police can sometimes be quick to charge alleged offenders with battery or assault. This can be especially true in domestic situations, even when authorities do not necessarily have all the facts of the case.
When these types of incidents do result in criminal charges, such cases can be aggressively prosecuted and alleged offenders may be subject to several significant punishments. It is important to remember that even when an alleged victim claims that he or she does not want to pursue charges, this decision is actually made by the State Attorney.
If you were recently arrested for a domestic assault of battery crime in Florida, you should not hesitate in seeking legal representation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents alleged offenders all over Broward County, including areas like Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coconut Creek, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Tamarac, Coral Springs, and Davie.
Our Broward County domestic assault attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience handling these types of cases on both sides of the aisle. Call (954) 716-8538 to let our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Florida Statute § 741.28(2) defines domestic violence as meaning any assault or battery resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. This includes aggravated assault, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, as well as other criminal offenses.
Under Florida Statute § 741.28(3), a family or household member can mean:
A family or household member needs to be currently residing or must have resided together in the past in the same single dwelling unit, although persons who have a child in common are an exception.
Depending on certain factors, like whether the alleged victim suffered any physical injuries or an alleged offender used a weapon, there could be a combination of the following charges in these types of domestic cases:
When an alleged offender is arrested on these charges, he or she will be held in jail until his or her formal arraignment when bond conditions can be set. If a person is convicted of one of these crimes, he or she faces the following statutory punishments:
In addition to the possible imprisonment and fines, there could also be other consequences for a conviction on an assault or battery charge against a family or household member. Some of these other penalties can include any combination of the following:
Were you charged with battery or assault against a family or household member? It is critical for you to have legal counsel who will fight to protect your rights.
Meltzer & Bell, P.A. aggressively defends clients in Deerfield Beach, Sunrise, Hallandale Beach, Weston, Pompano Beach, Margate, Wilton Manors, Plantation, and the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Our dedicateddomestic violence attorneys will evaluate your case and discuss your legal options as soon as you call (954) 716-8538 to take advantage of a free legal consultation.
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