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Duval County Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Aggressive Advocacy for the Accused in Duval County, FL

Domestic violence is a serious crime in Florida. If you are convicted, you could face jail time, fines, probation, and other penalties. Additionally, a domestic violence conviction will result in a permanent criminal record, which can make it difficult to find employment, secure housing, and obtain professional licenses. If you are facing domestic violence charges, you must take immediate action to protect your rights and future.

At First Coast Criminal Defense, our Duval County domestic violence lawyers are committed to providing aggressive, personalized legal representation to individuals throughout the area. We understand the stakes involved in these cases, and we know what it takes to win. Our team is prepared to fight tirelessly for you, both in and out of the courtroom.

Call our office at (904) 474-3115 or contact us online today to request a free, confidential consultation with one of our domestic violence attorneys in Duval County.

What is Considered Domestic Violence in Florida?

Under Florida law, domestic violence is defined as any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, 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. The law also applies to individuals who are or were in a dating relationship, regardless of whether they ever lived together.

Family or household members include:

  • Spouses
  • Former spouses
  • Individuals related by blood or marriage
  • Individuals who are currently residing together as if a family
  • Individuals who have resided together as if a family in the past
  • Parents who have a child in common, regardless of whether they have ever been married or lived together

What Are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Florida?

Domestic battery is considered a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida. A conviction carries a maximum 12-month jail term, a fine of up to $1,000, and other penalties, such as completion of the Batterer's Intervention Program (BIP).

If the violence involves aggravating factors or is a repeat offense, it may be charged as a felony, leading to more severe penalties, including imprisonment.

A court may issue a restraining order or injunction to protect the victim, restricting the accused from contacting or approaching the victim. Individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses may be prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

Lastly, domestic violence convictions can impact divorce, child custody, and visitation arrangements in family court.

What Are the Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges?

If you are facing domestic violence charges, you are likely feeling scared, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. The good news is that you do not have to face this situation alone. An experienced domestic violence lawyer in Jacksonville can help you understand your rights and options and work to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Some of the most common defenses to domestic violence charges include:

  • False accusations: Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to make false domestic violence accusations. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as during a contentious divorce or child custody battle. Our attorneys can help you gather evidence to prove that the accusations against you are false.
  • Self-defense: If you were acting in self-defense or in defense of others, you may be able to avoid a conviction. Our team can help you gather evidence to prove that you were justified in using force to protect yourself or others.
  • Insufficient evidence: The prosecution has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If there is not enough evidence to meet this burden, we can work to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
  • Violation of your rights: If the police violated your constitutional rights during the arrest or investigation, we can file a motion to suppress evidence. If the motion is successful, the prosecution may be forced to drop the charges against you.

These are just a few examples of the defenses that may be available to you if you are facing domestic violence charges. The best way to determine which defenses may be applicable to your case is to consult with an experienced domestic violence attorney in Jacksonville.

How Our Duval County Domestic Violence Lawyers Can Help

At First Coast Criminal Defense, we understand the serious nature of domestic violence charges. We also know that these cases are often complex and emotionally charged. Our Duval County domestic violence attorneys are here to provide the compassionate, personalized legal guidance you need and the aggressive advocacy you deserve.

When you choose our firm, you can expect:

  • Compassionate, one-on-one attention: We are committed to providing every client with the individualized attention they deserve. When you choose our firm, you will work directly with one of our experienced domestic violence lawyers in Jacksonville. We will take the time to listen to your story, answer your questions, and address your concerns. Our team is always available to provide updates on your case and we are here to offer the guidance you need every step of the way.
  • Aggressive, results-driven representation: We are not afraid to take on tough cases. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of domestic violence cases, from simple assault to aggravated battery and more. We know what it takes to win and we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you. Our team will conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations against you, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong defense on your behalf. We will work to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed, and we are always prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
  • Proven track record of success: We have a long history of success in the courtroom. Our attorneys have successfully handled thousands of criminal cases, including many high-stakes domestic violence cases. We know the law, we know the courts, and we know how to win. Our team will put our extensive experience and resources to work for you, fighting for the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact us at (904) 474-3115 today to get started with a free consultation.

"I have had the pleasure of working with First Coast Criminal Defense, and it was a wonderful experience, I would highly recommend this Firm. They are totally responsive and will walk you through each phase step by step!"

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