If you have been accused and or charged with domestic violence in the Tampa, FL area, you may want to consider speaking with a domestic violence defense lawyer. Domestic violence in Florida is defined as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
As it is known the more common instances of domestic violence occur between spouses and romantic or intimate partners who use threating and/or controlling behaviors to maintain power or influence over the other person.
It is possible that sometimes the one being accused doesn’t even realized what he/she/them is doing, or perhaps the person being accused suffers from a mental disorder that hasn’t yet been diagnosed. There could be several situations that led to this, but rest assure our Criminal Defense Lawyers are not going to judge you and will always hear your side of the story. If you recognize you have an issue, you should also consider looking for professional help.
They will gather all the facts to ensure they put together the best defense strategy specific to your case. Please remember to always be honest with your domestic violence lawyer, and share as much information and details as possible, this will give you a better chance at your defense against the charges.
If you haven’t been arrested or charged with domestic violence, but you have been served an injunction order against you, you should know there are federal laws in addition to state laws against domestic violence such as “The Violence Act Against Women”. This law basically states that all states and Native American reservations give full faith and credit to restraining orders and orders of protections against domestic violence, as long as the accused has been served or informed of such.
Which means you must follow the stipulations of any injunction order against you regardless of where you are in the country, otherwise you could be charged with a first degree misdemeanor, which could give you up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 fine. If you believe you have an unfounded restraining order or injunction against you, you need to also contact a lawyer immediately. While you do, please remember to avoid any type of contact with the person who filed the injunction order against you. This also applies if trying to get in contact with the person via a third party.
Here at Smith & Eulo Law Firm: Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyers we are ready to serve you and hear your side of the story. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call, or fill out the contact form on this page to get a hold of our experienced attorneys.
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