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Domestic Violence

Jacksonville Domestic Violence Attorney

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Charges of domestic violence are often brought by vengeful individuals who are looking to gain control of a family or otherwise heated situation. Unfortunately, these charges can do a lot to damage your reputation and can significantly impact your future.

At Owenby Law, P.A., we strive to ensure that our clients’ rights are upheld and that we obtain the best possible outcome on their behalf. Throughout the years, we have successfully handled thousands of cases and understand the complexities that our clients face. With more than 20 years of experience, our firm is able to strategically come alongside our clients and craft an aggressive defense to their case.

Speak with our criminal defense firm by calling us at (904) 770-3141. Our Jacksonville domestic violence lawyer team serves clients throughout Orange Park, St. Augustine, and beyond.

How the Law Defines Domestic Violence

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 the physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”

Family or household members may include:

  • Spouses and former spouses
  • People related by marriage or blood
  • People who reside together like a family
  • People who are parents of a child in common

What Should I Do If I Was Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?

Facing false accusations can be both frustrating and daunting, especially when those accusations are for violent crimes like domestic violence.

If you are accused of domestic violence, you could face serious penalties and other consequences that could follow you around for the rest of your life. Even the accusation alone can be enough to harm your reputation and cause undue stress in both your personal and professional life.

It can be difficult to figure out what the right move is to defend your future. In order to protect yourself, follow these steps to handle the false accusations against you:

Understand what you’re up against.

One of the best things you can do for yourself when facing false accusations is to learn everything you can about the charges you were accused of.

Domestic violence is defined as threats or acts of physical abuse against a spouse, partner, family member, or anyone living in the same household. This may include mental or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, stalking, or written threats. These charges may be misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances of each particular case.

Evaluate any evidence.

Chances are your accuser is gathering evidence against you. Did you text anything that could be construed as abusive? Was there a voicemail, email, phone call, picture, or any other type of physical evidence the accuser may have that they could use in court?

Think back on anything the alleged victim could try to use against you and establish what really happened to explain the truth behind the false accusations.

Build your defense.

Defend the accusations with evidence of your own. For example, if the victim sustained a bruise on his or her arm from a bicycling injury, but they claim it was from you, think of how you could disprove it.

If you rode with someone else who saw your accuser fall and sustain the injury, see if they will testify to what they saw. Or, if you went to the doctor and the accuser told a nurse the injury was from a bike ride, see if the nurse will provide you with a written statement.

Hire a domestic violence attorney.

You can do a lot to help your case, but nothing can replace the legal knowledge and experience of a Jacksonville domestic violence lawyer. At Owenby Law, P.A. our lawyers are dedicated to defending the rights of our clients throughout Florida and will work hard to ensure your freedoms are protected.

Penalties for Domestic Violence in Florida

A majority of domestic violence charges start out as misdemeanors. If you have a previous criminal history or are a police officer or member of the military, then a conviction of domestic violence could end your career. Even something as small as a scratch could be grounds for charges of domestic violence.

Penalties for domestic violence misdemeanor charges include:

  • 12 month probation period
  • 5 days in jail (if you are found guilty and bodily injury is involved)
  • A no contact order may be imposed
  • Additional community service hours
  • Loss of certain important civil liberties
  • Mandatory 26-week Batterer’s Intervention Program

In addition, someone charged with domestic violence is not able to have his or her record sealed or expunged under Florida Law. If you are convicted, you may face a life-long criminal record.

To avoid these serious consequences, get in touch with a Jacksonville domestic violence attorney from Owenby Law, P.A. We can help you fight for a secure future.

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