Jacksonville Domestic Violence Attorneys
Providing Clear Legal Counsel for your Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Florida. In 2014 alone, more than 106,000 reports of domestic violence were made in the state, resulting in 64,000 arrests. While many of these arrests were truly the result of family violence, false domestic violence accusations can and do arise in the aftermath of emotionally charged situations.
At First Coast Criminal Defense, our Jacksonville domestic violence lawyers represent individuals who have been arrested for or charged with domestic violence throughout Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties. We understand the complex and fraught nature of these accusations, as well as what you are up against and the possible, life-altering penalties you face. As such, we provide honest, straightforward legal counsel and dedicated representation tailored to your unique situation and circumstances.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in Duval, Clay, or Nassau counties, contact the Jacksonville domestic violence attorneys at First Coast Criminal Defense for a complimentary case evaluation: (904) 474-3115.
What Is Considered Domestic Violence in Florida?
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior between family or household members. In Florida, the legal definition of domestic violence (sometimes referred to as “domestic battery”) is when one person intentionally harms or attempts to cause bodily injury to a family member or household member.
This behavior can include:
- Verbal threats
- Physical attacks
- Emotional abuse
- and More
In order for a crime to be charged as domestic violence, the individual must be a current or previous occupant of the same household as the defendant. However, when the person and the defendant have a child together, this rule does not come into play.
Who Is Considered a "Household Member"?
By law, “household members” include any of the following people:
- Same-sex partners
- Blood relatives
- Parents of a shared child
- Anyone who has shared or currently shares a residence