St. Petersburg Domestic Violence Attorney
The team at Taracks & Associates has more than twenty-five years of combined experience defending the rights of the accused, and if you have been arrested for any type of domestic violence, do not hesitate to seek our help in fighting the charges. A hard hitting St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney from our firm can meet with you for a free, confidential case evaluation to discuss the situation and review your legal options. We understand what a stressful and embarrassing situation this may be for you, and will work diligently to help you clear your name as quickly as possible.
The state will carry forward with its prosecution whether or not the alleged victim wishes to press charges, as domestic violence is a crime, punishable by a harsh sentence. Most suspects are subject to an automatic projective injunction-or restraining order-which may be causing you significant problems if it keeps you out of your home or prevents you from seeing your children. We can help you seek to have the order lifted, and will immediately begin work on a strategy for defending the case, such as by demonstrating that you were acting in self-defense or that you are the target of false allegations.
Domestic Violence Injunctions in Florida
A DV injunction (domestic violence injunction) in Florida is a type of restraining order. There are various types of injunctions available to spouses, significant others or those that feel threatened by another (i.e. cases of stalking). These restraining orders can protect against spousal abuse, dating violence, sexual violence and more. Unfortunately, since these petitions are fairly easy to file and get approved, you may have been wrongfully served an injunction. Although this is not a criminal offense, the consequences are similar to criminal penalties.
According to the Florida Court,
A temporary injunction is issued without notice to the respondent. The clerk will give the petition, the temporary injunction, and any other papers filed with the petition to the sheriff or other law enforcement officer for personal service on the respondent. The temporary injunction will take effect immediately after the respondent is served with a copy of it. It lasts until a full hearing can be held or for a period of 15 days, whichever comes first. The court may extend the temporary injunction beyond 15 days for a good reason, which may include failure to obtain service on the respondent.
If you have recently had a temporary injunction filed against you, then contact a St. Petersburg domestic violence attorney at our firm. We can fight so that this order does not become permanent, and you do not have to suffer the consequences.
Domestic Violence: Penalties
The punishment you could receive if convicted for a domestic violence offense depends on the specific crime, such as assault & battery, domestic battery by strangulation, stalking, false imprisonment or sexual battery.
Misdemeanors carry up to a year in jail, while
felony crimes are punishable by between a year and life in prison. In addition to imprisonment, you would also face fines, probation and would most likely be required to attend anger management classes, as well as ending up with a criminal record which could ruin your career. We know how much is at stake for you and your family, and will fight tirelessly to help you avoid a negative outcome. Don't hesitate! If you are facing the painful allegations of family abuse, then
contact a St. Petersburg domestic violence attorney at our firm today!