Jacksonville Domestic Violence Lawyer
Providing Criminal Defense Services Since 2010
In 2014 alone, more than 106,000 domestic violence crimes were reported in Florida, and more than 64,000 arrests were made. With compassionate service and aggressive representation, the Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys at Scott Monroe Law can provide the legal assistance you need to seek a positive outcome.
Call our office today at (904) 474-3115 to seek quality representation for a domestic violence or battery case.
Understanding Domestic Violence & Battery Laws in Florida
Under Florida law, domestic battery is defined as the intentional striking, touching, or otherwise harming of another person in the same family or household. The household or family member must be currently residing with the defendant, or at least must have shared a residence with the defendant prior to the offense. This rule is waived, however, if the defendant and victim have a child together.
According to state laws, a household or family member may include:
- Wives and husbands
- Blood relatives
- Individuals related by marriage
- Ex-wives and ex-husbands
- Individuals who share a residence and live as a family
The penalties for a domestic violence and battery conviction are severe and may include prison sentences, fines, community service, probation, loss of civil liberties, and an injunction or “no contact” order. The defendant will also have to complete a 26-week Batterer’s Intervention Program. Domestic violence and battery charges are considered first-degree misdemeanors, and it is important to seek experienced representation as soon as possible to defend your rights in court.
The Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers at Scott Monroe Law can investigate your incident, analyze the relevant factors, and represent your case. Defenses against domestic violence and battery charges may include claims of self-defense, defense of others, the absence of injuries, a vindictive victim, or uncorroborated allegations. Our team can work hard to understand your options and keep you up-to-date on your case, and we stay current on state laws so that we can provide excellent representation and seek a positive outcome.
Get help from an experienced trial attorney today! Call us at (904) 474-3115 for a free case evaluation.