Clearwater Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic Violence (DV) offenses are those committed by one family member against another while living in the same home. When called to the scene of a domestic dispute, law enforcement officers are often forced to make snap judgments based on little evidence, and often arrest the party who did not call the police. Domestic Violence offenses can often lead to jail time as well as to the loss of parental rights.
These are only a few of the many reasons to hire a Clearwater domestic violence attorney in domestic violence cases. Roman & Roman, domestic violence attorneys in Clearwater, will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected in the unfortunate event of a DV charge. Domestic violence can include such charges as:
- Aggravated Battery and Assault
- False Imprisonment/Kidnapping
- Stalking or Aggravated Stalking
- Violation of DV Injunction
Domestic violence is a continuing problem in Clearwater and across the U.S. Domestic violence can be categorized under many things, including a partner administering unwanted sexual contact, unwanted physical contact, physical harm, threats of physical harm, kidnapping, stalking, emotional or psychological harm, and more. The victims are usually women, though men can be victims of domestic violence as well. The following data was collected by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- One in three women has been been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner;
- One in five women has been been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner;
- One in five women in the U.S. has been raped, and nearly half of the offenders were acquaintances of the victim;
- 19 percent of physical domestic abuse violence involves a weapon;
- A gun present during domestic violence increases the chance of a homicide by 500 percent; and
- Domestic partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crimes.
That last statistic says a lot. The media does not portray domestic violence as being this prevalent in our society, yet the data does not lie. Domestic violence does not just affect the short term health and wellbeing of the victim. It can last a lifetime, causing depression and suicidal thoughts and actions for years to come. As such, accusations of any form of domestic violence are not taken lightly by the court. An offender may face a first degree felony charge, which carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison, according to Florida statute 784.086. Contact the Clearwater law office of Roman & Roman today to speak with one of our Clearwater domestic violence defense attorneys.
Allegations of Domestic Violence are Not Always Entirely Truthful
Often, allegations of abuse are entirely true, yet the defendant will of course need legal advice nonetheless to minimize the penalties. And, some allegations are made during tumultuous times in a relationship, such as a divorce or separation when a child is present. It is not unheard of that a parent creates a false story to gain custody of the child. Additionally, the allegations may be exaggerated upon. Some form of abuse may have occurred, but the severity and frequency of those alleged offenses may not be entirely truthful.
It is incredibly important to reach out to an experienced domestic abuse defense attorney as soon as possible. The faster you act, the more time your legal team has to put together a case that can stand up to these allegations. Our attorneys investigate key witnesses, analyze crime scenes and forensic information, bring expert and character witnesses into court, and look at every detail of the alleged victim’s story. Do they have a record of false allegations and storytelling? Is there a record of mental illness, or do they have a history of extortion? Whether you intend to plead guilty of the crimes or fight for your innocence, the Clearwater domestic violence defense attorneys at Roman &Roman can help reduce the penalties or clear your name of all charges. Call us today at our Clearwater law office at 877-767-1032.
Clearwater Domestic Violence Attorneys Can Handle Restraining Orders and Injunctions
Usually a person asks for a court ordered injunction or restraining order if they feel threatened by another person. These orders place limitations on contact between certain people that can range from home usage to temporary child custody. In certain cases, a violation of an injunction may result in criminal charges filed against you by the State of Florida. You need an experienced Clearwater domestic violence attorney on your side! If you are going to petition the court to grant an injunction or if you have an injunction granted against you, it is very important to contact a domestic violence attorney so your rights are protected.