An arrest or charge of domestic violence can have a serious impact on your life. If convicted, you face fines, possible jail time, probation, family violence counseling, and loss of employment. You have a right to defend yourself against all charges. We recommend securing legal representation as soon as possible so you can protect your rights, reputation, and future.
If you were arrested for or charged with domestic violence, we can help. Call the domestic violence lawyers in Venice from Goldman Wetzel now at (941) 405-5193 to understand the options available to you.
Only Specific Relationships Warrant a Domestic Violence Charge
Florida domestic violence typically involves a family or household member. This may include:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Persons currently residing together (may or not be actual family members)
- Persons who resided together (may or not be actual family members)
- Parents of a child (regardless of marital status)
There are a number of actions that the courts deem as forms of domestic violence.
Domestic violence can include threats of violence or using force to prevent someone from leaving your home. Florida Statute §741.28 defines domestic violence as any one or more of the following actions:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Aggravated stalking
- False imprisonment
Assault is a threat of, or an attempt to, conduct physical harm on another person. The assault or threat of assault gives the victim apprehension of impending injury. For example, if you raise your hand to strike someone but your hand never connects with the person’s body, you may face an assault charge.
Battery means offensive touching or the use of force on a person without their consent.
Cases involving sexual battery charges are often felonies of either the first or second degree. Your age and the age of the alleged victim are two factors that determine the severity of a sexual battery charge.
Stalking convictions are often followed by a restraining order or an injunction. Violation of a restraining order/injunction can result in serious jail time. Avoiding a conviction with a solid defense strategy is essential to protecting your reputation and staying out of jail.
If you refuse to let someone in your home leave, you may face false imprisonment charges.
Regardless of your charges, our domestic violence lawyers in Venice want to help. Give us a call today: (941) 405-5193.
Possible Defense Strategies for Your Case
While each domestic violence case is different, we may use one of the following defense strategies for your case:
- Self-defense: The alleged domestic violence occurred due to you protecting yourself from harm.
- Defense of others: The physical contact or threat of harm was a result of you protecting another person.
- Lack of evidence: There is no proof of you committing a domestic violence act.
- False report: The accuser lied and deliberately made a false accusation.
- Mistaken identity: Law enforcement arrested you instead of another person.
The prosecutor has the burden of proof. This means they must prove to the jury or judge that you committed domestic violence against a person. If there is no proof, our domestic violence lawyers in Venice will work to get the charges dropped and the case dismissed.
An aggressive defense is necessary in order to protect your future. If convicted, you may face court-ordered counseling and a no-contact order. Other possible outcomes can include jail time and fines.
A conviction for domestic violence negatively affects your reputation and can end your career. Furthermore, a domestic violence conviction goes on your record.
It is imperative that you contact the domestic violence attorneys in Venice from Goldman Wetzel immediately to discuss your case. Upon a free case evaluation, we can decide upon the best defense strategy for you.
If you were arrested for domestic violence, call Goldman Wetzel now at (941) 405-5193 so we can protect your rights.
Why You Should Let Goldman Wetzel Defend Your Future
While you face an uncertain future due to a looming domestic violence charge, our attorneys can help you provide the best defense possible.
Summer Goldman has invaluable experience as a former prosecutor, and Maribeth Wetzel offers years of experience as a career defense attorney. Together, they use a team approach to pursue beneficial options that are right for you. By securing the services of Goldman Wetzel, you get two attorneys for the price of one.
We recommend that you meet with our legal team as soon as you can. In a domestic violence case, time is of the essence. The earlier we can review your case, the better our chance for intervening before your charges are formalized. We can support you through questioning and every court appearance until the end of your case.
An arrest or charge for domestic violence is serious; however, you have the right to defend the charges. We can help. At Goldman Wetzel, we work hard for our clients to get their charges dismissed, reduced, and in some cases, settled before we go to trial.
Your Venice, Florida Criminal Defense Team
If a heated argument escalated into an arrest or charge of domestic violence, let Goldman and Wetzel get to work for you. With a former prosecutor and a career criminal defense attorney on your side, you can breathe easier knowing you have a defense team that understands both sides of the law.
You can—and should—defend against these charges. Let us help. If hired, we can defend your reputation and protect your rights. Call us today for a free case evaluation at (941) 405-5193.