In Florida, domestic violence means any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of a person by a family or household member. The term “family or household member” includes spouses, ex-spouses, any other relation by blood or marriage, and those who live or have lived in the same dwelling unit (including same sex relationships). Except in the case where two people are parents of a child, family or household members must be currently living together or must have lived together in the past.
If a person is found guilty of a charge of domestic violence, the court can impose a minimum term of 1 year of probation. As one condition of probation, the court may order the defendant to participate in a batterers’ intervention program. The imposition of probation does not prevent the court from imposing any additional sentence, e.g. imprisonment. In cases where a person is found guilty of domestic violence and that person has intentionally caused bodily injury to another person, the person may be required to serve a minimum of 5 days in the county jail. The court may also sentence the person to probation, additional incarceration or community service.
A conviction of domestic violence can be detrimental to your reputation and your future. If you are facing domestic violence charges in Florida, you will need an experienced attorney on your side who can effectively represent you in court. The attorneys at the firm of Anidjar & Levine are experienced at handling a variety of criminal matters and are committed to helping you achieve the best results possible.