FYI: Domestic Violence FAQ

A domestic violence charge gets treated more seriously than that of standard assault. If you face a domestic violence charge, it is essential to obtain experienced legal representation for your defense.

Ocala criminal defense attorney David Mengers has over 30 years of experience defending clients charged with domestic crimes. Here are some domestic violence FAQ that highlight the severity of the charges and the need for a skillful legal advocate on your side.

I'm Confused About What The Law Defines As A Family Or Household Member

The legal definition of a family or household member is different from the one you are accustomed to. In the eyes of Florida law, a family or household member includes:

  • Spouse or ex-spouse
  • People living together in a family arrangement present or past
  • People who have had a child together
  • Relatives through blood or marriage who live together in the same home or have done so in the past

I Made A Bad Choice And Am Facing My First Domestic Battery Charge. What Are The Penalties For A First-Time Offender?

The penalties for a first-time domestic violence offender can include:

  • At least five days and up to a year in jail
  • Possible probation
  • A fine up to $1,000
  • A no-contact order
  • Community service hours
  • Attendance at a batterer educational program

Also, you will not be able to own or possess a firearm.

What Are Some Defenses To A Domestic Violence Allegation?

Often, a spouse or domestic partner alleges that domestic violence occurred to gain the upper hand in a divorce or custody agreement. Here are a few common defenses to these types of allegations:

  • No evidence that an injury or an altercation took place
  • The existence of a revengeful relationship
  • Standing your ground against your partner's assault
  • Factual discrepancies in the victim's account of the alleged incident

Take Action For Your Innocence Today

A plea of no contest or guilty to a domestic violence charge stays on your criminal record for the rest of your life. Oppose the charges against you. Call the Law Office of David Mengers today at 352-433-4925, toll free at 888-300-1595, or contact the firm with this online contact form for your initial lawyer consultation.