“Domestic Violence” means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
“Family or household member” means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.
The criminal charge for Domestic Violence is called “battery” in Florida. It is an offense that carries severe penalties which can include jail time, fines, a restraining or no-contact order, and mandatory anger management counseling. It will also be permanently on one’s criminal record.
If you have been charged with Domestic Violence or Battery, we offer a free initial consultation in order to offer you an honest, straightforward assessment of your case and your options.