Palm Beach County Domestic Violence
In Florida, domestic violence means any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense that causes physical injury or death, committed by a family or household member. “Family or household member” is defined as spouses, ex-spouses, or any other person related by blood or marriage. Usually, “family or household members” are those who have lived together in the past or are living together currently.
The penalties for being convicted of domestic violence are severe. The minimum sentence for a domestic violence conviction is one year of probation. Most likely, you will be required to participate in a batterers’ intervention program as well. Prison sentences and community service may also be added on to the minimum sentence. In Florida, anyone who is convicted of domestic violence and is found to have intentionally caused bodily harm to the victim must be sentenced to five days in county jail.
Additional charges may be filed if the defendant does not comply with an injunction of protection (also known as a restraining order). Under an injunction of protection, the defendant is not permitted to come within 500 feet of the victim’s home (or 100 feet of the victim’s vehicle), live in the same home as the victim, contact the victim, or damage the property of the victim. Violating these conditions is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in Palm Beach County jail.
Because of Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and increased media attention on domestic violence, a domestic violence case should be handled by an experienced and skilled domestic violence defense attorney. Even if you do not have a prior criminal record, a domestic violence-related conviction cannot be sealed or expunged. For these reasons, if you were recently arrested and are facing charges of domestic violence, it is crucial to have the best attorney you can find to handle your case.
The Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have successfully represented countless individuals in domestic violence cases in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties for over 46 years. Our Palm Beach domestic violence defense attorneys are former prosecutors with the knowledge and skill needed to successfully handle your defense. We are routinely in domestic violence court in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties and have developed a track record of success in a variety of criminal defense cases. At Leifert & Leifert, our attorneys will do their best to obtain dismissal of your charges or reduction of your sentence. We know that every domestic violence case is a highly sensitive and often emotional matter, so we take your case very seriously and do whatever we can to fight for your best interests.
If you require legal assistance with domestic violence charges, please contact the firm of Leifert & Leifert by calling (561) 988-8000, or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Palm Beach County domestic violence defense attorney.