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Fort Lauderdale Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys

Aggressively Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges

If you're facing domestic violence charges in Fort Lauderdale, securing a robust defense is imperative to avoid life-altering consequences and safeguard your liberties. Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously in Florida, making it essential to consult with a qualified defense lawyer as soon as possible to avoid severe criminal penalties.

Whether a well-meaning neighbor misjudged what was happening or someone made false allegations against you, our Fort Lauderdale attorneys have decades of experience to aggressively defend your rights. At Raisman & Raisman, P.A., our domestic violence defense lawyers have extensive knowledge of Florida criminal law and a proven track record of results to help you navigate the legal intricacies of criminal court. Regardless of the type or severity of the charges against you, our firm is committed to restoring your freedom.

If you were arrested for domestic violence, our attorneys can establish a fierce defense on your behalf. Call (954) 800-4477 to schedule a free consultation.

What Constitutes Domestic Violence in Florida?

Many diverse circumstances can lead to an arrest for domestic violence. Although this crime is most often associated with romantic relationships, it’s important to understand that domestic violence isn’t limited to altercations with significant others, but extends to various parties under Florida law.

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, or intimate partner violence, is codified in Florida Statutes §741.28. It’s defined as “assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense that results in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”

Defining “Household Members” in Domestic Violence Cases

Who qualifies as a “household member” under Florida’s domestic violence laws? Remember, domestic violence isn’t limited to romantic partnerships, but can extend to any of the following parties:

  • Spouses
  • Relatives
  • Roommates
  • Dating partners
  • Former spouses
  • Parties who share children

Criminal Penalties for Domestic Violence

The consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be severe and lifelong, making it critical to obtain a swift, well-fortified defense from an experienced attorney. Under Florida Statutes §741.283, the penalties for domestic violence may include:

  • Up to 10 days in jail for first-time offenders.
  • Up to 15 days in jail for second-time offenders.
  • Up to 20 days for third or subsequent offenders.

If the offender causes bodily harm to another in the presence of a child under the age of 16 who is a family or household member of the victim or perpetrator, the penalties may be enhanced to 15 days in jail for first-time offenders, 20 days for second-time offenders, and 30 days for third or subsequent offenders.

Additionally, the court may impose fines and additional sentencing for probation, mandatory education courses, and community service. State law also requires mandatory completion of a batterer’s intervention program for anyone convicted of domestic violence.

Remember, the exact penalties of a conviction depend on the unique circumstances of your case. Seeking sound counsel from a trusted attorney is paramount to defending your rights and avoiding the life-changing repercussions of domestic violence allegations. Our Fort Lauderdale lawyers focus solely on criminal law, making us well-equipped to protect your hard-earned reputation.

Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges

While there are various ways to defend against domestic violence allegations, consulting with a skilled defense attorney is important to determine which legal strategy is best suited for your unique circumstances. Common defenses against domestic violence include: 

  • Lack of evidence: This defense involves demonstrating that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to meet the standard of proof in your case (e.g., failing to establish guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”). Your lawyer can fight to dismiss any inadmissible evidence from your case.
  • Self-defense: This defense argues that the offender’s acts were necessary to protect themselves from imminent harm. Your lawyer can help you establish compelling evidence that your response was proportional to the perceived threat.
  • False accusations: This argues that the domestic violence accusations were made with malicious intent or as a result of a misunderstanding. This may involve showcasing ulterior motives or inconsistencies in the victim’s testimony.
  • Alibi: This strategy requires evidence that the defendant wasn’t present at the time and place the alleged incident occurred. This may be established through witness testimony, surveillance footage, or electronic records.
  • Accidental harm: This defense argues that any injury to the alleged victim was accidental and not the result of intentional violence. Your lawyer can help you gather and present sufficient evidence to show you meant no harm.

Safeguarding Your Freedom in Fort Lauderdale

When your future is on the line, don’t settle for less than reliable representation from a distinguished criminal defense firm. From drug crimes to DUI defense, our criminal defense attorneys have a wealth of diverse skills and knowledge to defend your rights. When you choose to work with our firm, you can trust us to prioritize your case from start to finish while fighting tirelessly to restore your freedom. With our longstanding reputation for excellence and extraordinary record of case results, turn to Raisman & Raisman, P.A. for the robust defense you deserve.

Facing criminal charges can be terrifying, but you don’t have to fight alone. Contact us online to discuss your case with our skilled Fort Lauderdale defense attorneys. 

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