Domestic Violence

The exceptional lawyers at The Gufford Law Firm, P.A., provide comprehensive defense to individuals who have been accused of committing violence against a spouse, child, or family member. If you have been served with a restraining order or an injunction, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Learn about Your Rights and Obligations

Consulting a lawyer is important so that you are made fully aware of your rights, as well as your obligations, under Florida state criminal laws. Violating the terms of a restraining order, intentionally or unintentionally, will just add complications to your domestic violence case. Inexperience or a lack of knowledge are not valid defenses in Florida. Having an attorney advise you on the specifics of your restraining order is invaluable. It is also important to remember that many domestic violence charges arise from ongoing divorce issues. The skilled attorneys at the Gufford Law Firm, P.A. have experience handling cases where criminal and family law issues overlap.

  • The consequences for a domestic battery, aggravated domestic assault, or child abduction conviction are severe. Aside from having rights as a parent limited or terminated, you may face large fines and prison time. A conviction also strengthens the possibility that a restraining order or injunction will be permanently imposed upon you.
  • A plea to a charge of domestic battery or a violation of a domestic violence injunction can never be expunged or sealed. This type of conviction will remain on your record forever and be visible to potential employers, landlords, or any other person seeking your background information.
  • There are defenses available. In our experience, we have seen situations where police officers are called as leverage during an intense argument. The caller may have had no actual intention of filing charges against their spouse. Regardless of whether or not the alleged victim wishes to pursue legal action, charges may still be filed; once charges have been filed, it is no longer at the discretion of the accuser to drop charges. An empty threat during a fight between a husband and wife can quickly develop into false charges of verbal or physical spousal abuse. In such cases, an experienced domestic violence attorney at our firm can begin the negotiation and litigation process with prosecutors to seek the dropping or reduction of charges.

Contact a domestic violence lawyer at the Gufford Law P.A. Firm today to learn more about your rights and options. A free initial consultation is available . Se habla español!