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We Know What Is At Stake In Domestic Violence Battery Charges And Injunctions

Domestic violence cases are sensitive for all parties involved. The circumstances surrounding these cases can be complex, so it’s important to hire an experienced domestic violence defense attorney to represent you.

At Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux P.A., we represent those accused of domestic violence charges in Northeast Florida. Our lawyers have the experience, skills, resources and knowledge of domestic violence laws in the state of Florida. With our help, we can help you get the best possible outcome for your case. If a warrant has been issued for your arrest or you already have been arrested for domestic violence, it’s time to call our legal team.

How Domestic Violence Laws Are Different In Florida

Florida criminal law defines domestic violence as a type of violence committed against a family or household member. This can be against a spouse, ex-spouse, ex-partner, co-parent of a child or any other relative. Florida law also protects those who currently cohabitate or who have formerly cohabitated.

The types of crimes that qualify for domestic violence under Florida law include:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault, battery and aggravated battery
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual battery
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Kidnapping

To meet the definition of a dating relationship, two people must have been in an intimate or romantic relationship. Working with an attorney or team of attorneys that has an established criminal defense practice is of crucial importance.

What You Lose After A Conviction

It is important to fight these charges. An accusation or charge is only half of the story. An important part of any defense is to tell the whole story. This means including what led up to the incident, if there was an initial attack by the accuser, and whether the accusation stems from a contentious divorce, is an act of spite or contains inflammatory or spurious claims.

If convicted of domestic battery, there are many serious consequences. These include losing your permit to carry a concealed firearm in Florida, even if that is a part of your job. A conviction means having a criminal record. This can inhibit your ability to find housing, attain a loan or get employment. A conviction can also affect your ability to see and parent your child. We understand what is at stake and will take the steps necessary to protect your rights and your future.

About Restraining Order Violations Defense

Orders of protection and restraining orders are issued in civil and family courts. If you’re facing a restraining order violation, our experienced legal team can help you. Three things that are important to know are:

  • A violation of injunction offense is a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • The maximum penalty for this crime is a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.
  • If you have multiple violations, then the penalties may be harsher.

There are some possible defenses to a restraining order violation, including not knowing of the restraining order, the contact wasn’t intentional or the violation occurred when you were lawfully carrying out the civil order.

Find Out What Your Options For Defense Are

The domestic violence charge defense lawyers at Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux P.A. have over 100 years of combined legal experience defending those facing criminal charges like these. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your case and to ask questions about the upcoming legal process, call our law firm in Jacksonville at 904-717-7747 today to get started. We serve clients throughout Clay County and Jacksonville.