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Clearwater, Florida

Domestic Violence Lawyer

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There can be a great deal of tension and emotion involved in domestic violence cases, and you could be facing serious long-term penalties even if you’re facing an accusation at this stage.

Once you’ve been charged with domestic violence in Clearwater, Florida, you need to know your options.

Our goal at Fletcher & Fletcher is to equip clients from all walks of life with the knowledge they need about their rights when facing these types of serious charges.

“If you have a bad record like I did, don’t hesitate when it comes down to your future or the rest of your life. Call Rick Fletcher. He will put his all in your case and give you the aggressive representation that you need.”

~ Alex B.

Domestic Violence Cases in Clearwater, Florida

Domestic violence is defined as follows by Florida law:

“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.” (Fla. Stat. § 741.28)

We all know that relationships with the people we live with are complicated, as is family life. That’s why Florida law does not require that the two parties in a domestic violence case be related by blood or marriage.

Instead, “household members” may include:

  • Those who are married or have been married;
  • Those related by blood or marriage;
  • People who currently live together as a family or have lived together in the past as a family;
  • Married or unmarried parents of a child in common

Penalties for Domestic Violence in Florida

Florida law takes allegations of domestic violence very seriously.

Domestic violence charges in Clearwater are considered a first degree misdemeanor, which can carry penalties of up to one year in jail or twelve months probation, along with a $1,000 fine.

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Additionally, Florida law imposes mandatory penalties known as “collateral consequences” that include:

  • 10 days in jail (if bodily injury was involved) (for a first offense)
  • Completion of a Batterer’s Intervention Program
  • 12 months of probation
  • Community service hours
  • Loss of concealed carry rights

People convicted of domestic violence may also face difficulties with future employment and education, issues with their reputations, and strained relationships with their family and loved ones.

Moreover, a person convicted of domestic violence in Florida cannot have their record sealed or expunged.

This is why it’s so important to hire an experienced Clearwater domestic violence defense attorney as soon as you hear of your accusation.

How Fletcher & Fletcher Can Help With Your Domestic Violence Defense

At Fletcher & Fletcher, we take pride in the fact that we’ve never sought a conviction or asked for jail time on a single criminal case.

We know that matters are often more complicated than they seem, and it’s our job to truly listen to your story and relay that story while defending your rights and your freedom.

And as a husband and wife team, our work doesn’t stop when we leave the office. When we take on a client, we go ALL IN.

We’ve dedicated our lives to looking past what people have been accused of or what they’ve been charged with. We’ve taken hundreds of cases to trial, and we go to bat for each and every client that we take on.

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“Fletcher & Fletcher is a great firm that will always fight for what’s best for their clients. In my experience with Rick, he was able to successfully close my case and exceeded my expectations.”

A domestic violence charge – or even the mere accusation – can cause serious problems for your life and your future. At Fletcher & Fletcher, we work with clients to fight these charges and clear their names. Contact us now to get started..

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