South Florida Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic Violence Charges in Miami-Dade
Domestic violence is a sad fact in our society today. Although not reported near as often as it should be, it causes extreme pain, emotional and physical suffering on its victims. However, there are many occasions when charges are filed for domestic violence that are misunderstandings or completely unwarranted. Families can have much strife going on, with loud arguments and empty threats that can lead to filing charges in retribution or police officers called to the scene arresting you even if your partner does not want to press charges. When facing these serious charges it is crucial you consult a South Florida criminal defense attorney to safeguard your rights.
Domestic violence can include any type of threat or actual violence on another family member, including husbands, boyfriends, wives, girlfriends, children and other family relations. It can take the form of violence in the following manners:
- Verbal Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical Abuse
- Child Abuse
- Spousal Abuse
- Threats of violence
- Sexual abuse
Our effective and concerned attorneys at The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A. have the understanding and skill needed to relentlessly pursue your defense. With the years of experience we have in family law and as former prosecutors, we can take the needed steps to resolve your situation.
Potential Sentencing of Domestic Violence Charges in South Florida
Those charged with domestic violence are considered "no bond" in the state of Florida. What this means is that the accused cannot be released from jail after their arrest until they are brought before an initial appearance. According to state laws, this is supposed to happen within the first 48 hours, yet if it was a weekend arrest they may spend up to 60 hours in jail. If convicted, the individual must partake in a 26 to 29 week course in the Batterers Intervention Program and must pay for it themselves. All rights to own or possess a firearm will be lost for this period of time as well.
For those cases where the victim has been inflicted with bodily harm, the minimum penalty includes 5 days in jail post-conviction and will permanently lose their right to bear arms. Unfortunately, there is no real, clear definition of "bodily harm," causing for many individuals to receive unjust sentencing. In addition to this, the charge will remain on the person's record for employers or others to see, affecting their ability to earn a living and potentially causing embarrassment with future relationships.
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Looking for an attorney for your domestic violence case in South Florida? Contact our office so that we can discuss solutions to your legal difficulties. Our firm will take personal interest in the outcome of your case and can work with you to pursue the best possible outcome on your behalf. Time is of the essence so act quickly.
Don’t risk a serious conviction on domestic violence charges. Contact The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A.for a strong criminal defense of your charges.