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Domestic Violence Lawyer

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Domestic violence cases can be tense and emotional for all parties involved.

Today’s political climate and open dialogue around domestic violence has encouraged many victims to come forward to confront their abusers. And while this may be a positive development for society, false accusations have become more prevalent as a result.

If you’ve been charged with or even accused of domestic violence in St. Petersburg, Florida, you could be facing serious long-term penalties, and it’s important to know what your options are.

At Fletcher & Fletcher, we work with clients from all walks of life to equip them with everything they need to know 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 St. Petersburg, Florida

Florida law 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.” (Fla. Stat. § 741.28)

Family life is complicated, as are the relationships we have with the people we live with.

That’s why Florida law does not require the two parties in a domestic violence case to necessarily be related by blood or marriage. Instead “household members” can include:

  • Spouses or former spouses;
  • People related by blood or marriage;
  • Anyone presently residing together as a family/have resided together in the past as if a family; or
  • Parents of a child in common (married or not)

Penalties for Domestic Violence in Florida

Understandably, Florida law takes domestic violence accusations very seriously.

If you’ve been charged with domestic violence in St. Petersburg, your first charge is considered a first degree misdemeanor. This charge comes with penalties that can include up to one year in jail or twelve months probation, as well as a fine of $1,000.

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Florida law also requires additional mandatory penalties – known as “collateral consequences” – which 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

Unfortunately, that’s not all. In addition to these legal penalties, people convicted of domestic violence may face difficulty with future employment and education, problems with their reputation, and strained relations with their family and loved ones.

Furthermore, a person convicted of domestic violence in Florida is ineligible to have their record sealed or expunged in the future.

That’s why it’s so vital to hire an experienced team of St. Petersburg domestic violence defense attorneys 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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Domestic violence charges – and even accusations – can lead to serious problems. At Fletcher & Fletcher, we work with our clients to combat these charges and clear their name. Contact our firm today to get started on your defense.

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