It pays to take allegations of domestic violence seriously. Accusations, or an arrest, can quickly lead to serious charges in Largo or greater Pinellas County. If this happens to you, you do not have to try to fight these allegations alone. Domestic violence lawyers in Largo from Goldman Wetzel can help. Reach out as soon as possible after your arrest or you learn about the allegations.
In Largo, you can reach a member of our team today by calling (727) 828-3900. We will review your case for free and can get to work right away. We will protect your rights and fight for a more favorable outcome in your case.
Domestic Violence Can Include Many Different Charges
It is a common belief that “domestic violence” is a single charge of its own, but, in reality, there are numerous charges you could face following a domestic violence arrest. Under FL § 741.28, “Domestic violence” indicates some type of domestic relationship between the accused and the victim. This could include:
- Your spouse or significant other
- Your former spouse or significant other
- The other parent of your children
- Another family member
The charges against you depend on the circumstances that led to your arrest and what the arresting officers and your accuser allege you did. Some common crimes that may fall into the category of a domestic violence incident include:
- Assault and battery
- Domestic Battery by Strangulation
- Sexual assault
- Kidnapping or false imprisonment
The type of charge the state attorney chooses to file against you could greatly impact the penalties you face and the consequences of your arrest, even if they do not get a conviction. When you enlist our help early, we may be able to intervene before they finalize the charges against you. This may allow us to prevent them from filing charges or reduce the severity of the charges you face.
Domestic Violence Convictions Come with Additional Penalties
If the police accuse you of victimizing your partner, former partner, or another family member, you will likely face additional consequences if convicted. This could mean:
- Additional time in state prison or county jail
- Larger fines
- Longer probation
- Additional terms of your probation
- Extra community service
- Mandated attendance in a drug or alcohol program
In many cases, there are also other aggravating factors in this type of case that could contribute to increased penalties. This could include:
- A history of other domestic violence arrests
- Serious injuries as a result of the incident
- If children witnessed the conflict
- Other previous convictions for violent crimes
- Whether there was a protective order in place
Domestic violence accusations come with many social consequences in addition to the sentence you could receive if convicted. Let the criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel go to work on your case as soon as possible, and we may be able to reduce the effect the allegations have on your future and reputation. Call (727) 828-3900 today to get started.
Our Attorneys Take on Every Domestic Violence Case as a Team
When you hire a domestic violence lawyer in Largo from Goldman Wetzel, you hire both. The attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can take on every case as a team, using their varied experiences to your benefit.
Summer Goldman began her career working in the prosecutor’s office. She knows how they approach domestic violence cases and the methods they will use to try to build a case against you. She also knows what it takes to convince them not to file charges or reduce the charges against you.
Maribeth Wetzel’s background is as a career defense attorney. She has dedicated her practice to providing aggressive but compassionate support to those who stand accused of serious crimes, including protecting their rights and developing a strong defense strategy in even the most difficult cases.
Together, the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can fight for a more favorable outcome on your behalf, based on the circumstances of your arrest and the facts of your case.
Domestic Violence Defense in Largo, FL
At Goldman Wetzel, we like to get involved in cases as early as possible, so we have an opportunity to intervene before they finalize charges against you. If their evidence is weak, we may be able to convince the state attorney not to file charges or reduce the charges you face. When this is not possible, we will go to work on a defense strategy based on the facts of your case.
Some ways we may be able to secure a more favorable outcome in your case include:
- Presenting evidence (videos, witness testimony, copies of records from the Largo Police Department, etc.) that convinces the prosecution or judge to drop the charges
- Negotiating a plea deal that reduces the charges and penalties you face
- Taking your case to trial and arguing for an acquittal
- Pursuing a diversion program or other sentencing deal
We encourage you to call the Goldman Wetzel team today at (727) 828-3900 if you face allegations of domestic violence, if the police arrested you for this type of offense, or if you already face a charge related to a domestic violence incident.
Talk to a Domestic Violence Lawyer in Largo Today
The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel can go to work on your Largo domestic violence case today. You do not have to face this type of allegation or charge on your own. We will aggressively fight to reduce the legal consequences and social implications you face following a domestic violence accusation or arrest.
We handle cases in the greater Tampa Bay area, including Largo and elsewhere in Pinellas County, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Call (727) 828-3900 today to talk to a Largo domestic violence attorney about your case.