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Q: What criminal charges are labeled Domestic Violence?
The answer is not so clear cut. The Domestic violence label can be included on charges of assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment. Other charges can also receive the domestic violence label if the criminal offense resulted in physical injury or death.
Keep in mind that the term domestic violence is a well defined term in Florida law and only defines the relationship of the people involved. The relationship must be in the form of one family member committing a crime against another family member or a person with whom he or she is in a dating relationship. Florida law defines Family to mean “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.”
Domestic Violence offenses are prosecuted vigorously by the Office of the State Attorney and in many situations an Injunction seeking protection by the alleged victim is part of this process. Many things can benefit your defense if you are facing domestic violence charges. Contact our office today for a free consultation. (727) 797-9600 in Pinellas County, (813) 333-6517 in Hillsborough County.
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