St. Johns County Domestic Violence Lawyer
Arrested for Domestic Violence?
When facing domestic violence charges, having the right defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. At First Coast Criminal Defense, we specialize in providing strong and strategic defense representation for individuals accused of domestic violence in St. Johns County. Our experienced attorneys understand the complexities of these cases and are dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of our clients. With our compassionate approach and unwavering commitment, we will vigorously defend your case, explore all possible defense options, and strive for the best possible outcome. If you are facing domestic violence charges, trust First Coast Criminal Defense to provide you with the skilled legal representation you need during this challenging time.
What Qualifies as Domestic Violence in Florida?
According to Florida Statutes Section 741.28, domestic violence is defined as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of a family or household member by another family or household member.
The statute also specifies that family or household members include spouses, former spouses, individuals related by blood or marriage, individuals who have lived together as a family, and individuals who have a child in common, regardless of whether they have been married or cohabitated.
Common Types of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can take various forms, and it is essential to recognize the different types to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Some common types of domestic violence include:
- Physical abuse: Any physical harm or injury inflicted on a family or household member, such as hitting, punching, slapping, or choking.
- Emotional abuse: Behavior that causes fear, anxiety, intimidation, degradation, or control, including verbal insults, threats, constant criticism, or isolation.
- Sexual abuse: Forcing or coercing a family or household member to engage in unwanted sexual activity without consent.
- Financial abuse: Controlling or withholding finances, restricting access to resources, or sabotaging financial stability.
- Stalking: Engaging in unwanted and repeated surveillance, monitoring, or harassing behavior, either in person or through digital means.