Being accused or charged with domestic violence is something that can take a toll on everyone involved. Don’t worry, here at Smith & Eulo we are not going to judge you, we treat all our clients with empathy, and respect and understand things happen. We will work with you or your loved one to ensure you receive fair treatment from the justice system.
If you or a loved one has been accused or charged with domestic violence or have a domestic violence injunction against you in Sanford, FL, or Seminole County, give us a call right away, the initial consultation with our criminal defense lawyers is free. We will listen to your side of the story and work together to formulate a defense strategy suited to your case.
Domestic Violence in the State of Florida
The state of Florida will consider certain offenses “domestic violence” when the accused inflicts them onto a current or former intimate partner, another member of the household, a blood relative, or a relation by marriage or through children. The offenses that can be categorized as domestic violence under these circumstances:
- Any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death: Domestic battery
- Sexual assault or battery
- Assault, or aggravated assault
- Stalking, or kidnapping
- False imprisonment
This type of offense is quite common in Sanford and Seminole County. 86% of the “domestic violence” offenses in Seminole County, FL in 2019 were simple assaults, with 30% of them occurring in the city of Sanford, FL. Obtaining the correct representation is important. You want to make sure the attorney and law firm you are hiring have extensive experience handling domestic violence offenses in Sandford and Seminole County. This matters because it means they are familiar with the inner workings of the local legal system. Call us today for a free consultation, our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience successfully litigating cases in Sanford, FL, Seminole County, and around Central Florida.
If you’re dealing with a domestic violence offense or injunction against you, you need to know there are federal laws in addition to state laws that you should be aware of. For instance, the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) was passed by Congress in 1994 and updated in 1996 to recognize “Domestic Violence” as a national crime, allowing federal laws to help overburdened state and local criminal justice systems.
In the same year changes to the Gun Control Act passed, making possession of a gun illegal in certain situations for domestic violence abusers. Therefore, it is extremely important to hire a domestic violence attorney who understands all the implications and can provide you with proper legal advice.
If you or your loved one find themselves in a situation where you are being accused of domestic violence? Call us right away at 689-209-0400 to speak with a qualified legal professional or fill out the contact form on this page. We’re available 24/7, we offer free initial consultation and payment plans. In addition to our Sanford office, we have offices in the following cities across the state of Florida:
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