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Domestic Violence

The exceptional lawyers at The Gufford Law Firm, P.A.provide comprehensive representation to victims of domestic violence and those whom have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence. Suffice it to say that we have litigated cases from both sides of the fence. Regardless of whether you are the victim or the accused, you need someone at your side to be your advocate, collect the evidence and present the evidence to the court.  If you have been served with a restraining order or an injunction, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you are the victim, it is also crucial that you have legal representation. Many people believe that the judge or Victim Services will assist them in the courtroom. That is not the case. The judge is there to call the “balls and strikes” and is not there to help you put on or defend your case  

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 will not be 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.
  • Simply having a domestic violence injunction entered against you can have long and lasting impacts that may have affect your career options as well as any other family law cases that you may be involved in.
  • 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 the alleged victim wishes to pursue legal action, however, charges may still be filed; once charges have been filed, it is no longer at the discretion of the accuser to drop charges. It is up to the state of Florida. An empty threat or an errant text message sent during a fight between a couple 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 process of collecting and presenting the evidence and law to the court. We will likewise coordinate with our local partners regarding in criminal charges associated with the domestic violence case.

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