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Defending Clients Facing Domestic Violence Charges in Broward County

Domestic violence is a severe issue affecting countless individuals and families worldwide. It can take many forms, from physical abuse and harassment to emotional manipulation and financial control. Regardless of the specifics, the effects of domestic violence can be devastating, both for the victim and any children or loved ones involved. As a result, it is crucial to seek help and support if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence. On domestic violence lawyer in Fort Lauderdale is here to provide information and resources for those dealing with domestic violence and guidance on how to take legal action to protect yourself and your family.

What Constitutes Domestic Violence in Florida?

Section 741.28 of the 2022 Florida Statutes defines domestic violence as “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.”

Household members are those who currently live together, have lived together, are in a relationship, or were in a past relationship. This may include parents who share a child or children, spouses or ex-spouses, family members through blood or marriage, or roommates.

Domestic violence may take on many forms, and resulting charges and penalties will vary depending on prior offenses, the severity of the alleged crime, whether the victim was injured, whether a gun or other deadly weapon was used in the alleged commission of the offense, and other factors. Some examples may include striking or hitting a person, sexual abuse, stalking, harassment, and other forms of violence.

Have you been accused of domestic violence? Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC today at (954) 280-8811 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence attorney in Fort Lauderdale!

Domestic Violence Charges & Penalties in Florida

Domestic violence is a criminal charge with various nuances, and a defendant may be charged with the following:

  • Battery is an intentional touching or striking of another person without their consent. It is considered a first-degree misdemeanor and carries a penalty of 12 months of probation or 12 months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. Additional penalties include, community service, 26-week Batterer’s Intervention, and loss of firearm rights. Depending on the severity of the offense, a victim may obtain a temporary or permanent restraining order against the defendant.
  • Aggravated battery occurs when the perpetrator causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement, or uses a deadly weapon while committing a battery.
  • Assault is an intentional act and can be in the form of threatening words or acts, making the victim fear that physical harm or violence is imminent. These charges are second-degree misdemeanors, and if the defendant is found guilty, the punishment is also defined by the sentencing guidelines outlined by Florida Statutes.
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