DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWYERS SERVING TAMPA
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Domestic violence is not taken lightly. As it is a serious social issue, our society has created laws against a range of offenses that constitute domestic violence. Because these laws are aggressively enforced and harshly punished, individuals accused of domestic abuse or violence face penalties and consequences that have the potential to significantly impact one’s freedom and future.
In Florida, a number of crimes qualify as domestic violence when they involve actual or threatened violence committed by an individual against another with whom they are in a domestic relationship. Specifically, individuals can face charges when violence or threats are committed against spouses, boyfriends / girlfriends, siblings, parents, and other household members. Common domestic violence charges can include, among others:
- Assault & Aggravated Assault
- Domestic Battery
- Sexual Assault & Sexual Batter
If you have been accused of a domestic violence offense, the time to act is now. Involving an experienced attorney early in the process is crucial to protecting your rights during your journey through the criminal justice system. Our award-winning Tampa domestic violence defense lawyers have more than 75 years of experience fighting on behalf of clients charged with the full range of domestic violence offense. With former prosecutors on our side, we are also equipped with an insider’s knowledge of how the government tries to convict and punish offenders.
Penalties: What Can I Expect?
The penalties you face will depend on a number of factors unique to your case, including the specific offense and your criminal history. Individuals with prior offenses and criminal records, for example, may face enhancements and steeper penalties than those without who are charged for the same crime. The use of a weapon and crimes committed against minors or elderly victims can also result in enhancments.
Generally, Florida law can impose sentences of up to one year for misdemeanor domestic violence offenses. With crimes that are felonies, terms of imprisonment can increase substantially. For example, a third degree felony conviction is punishable by up to five years in a state prison. Aside from imprisonment, additional penalties can include:
- Hefty fines
- Supervised release
- Court-ordered classes
There are also the consequences associated with a criminal record.
Learn More About Your Charges During a FREE Consultation
Our Tampa domestic violence attorneys are standing by 24/7 to respond immediately to your call. By reviewing your case during a free and confidential consultation, we can provide a better explanation of your charges, possible penalties, the process ahead, and what we can do to help you sure a positive resolution.
Contact Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez today to discuss your case!