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Know the penalties of a domestic assault conviction

Being accused of physical, emotional or sexual abuse of a loved one can be a ruinous experience. Not only can these allegations destroy families and other close relationships, but they can also lead to criminal charges.

Whether you are related to the alleged victim, live together or are in romantic relationship, you could end up charged with domestic assault, battery or other offenses if you engage in an act of violence with that person. Even the threat of violence can be grounds for a criminal charge. If you are currently facing charges of domestic violence in Florida, you need to appreciate the gravity of your situation. Knowing what the potential penalties of a conviction could be may help you understand this. 

According to Florida laws, if you are convicted of domestic violence charges, you could be facing a number of different types of penalties including:

  • Five days in jail
  • Lengthy prison sentence
  • Probation
  • Community service

You could also be required to comply with a restraining order or order for protection. Whether you will face one or more of these penalties depends on the nature of the charges on which you have been convicted. For example, a person convicted of a relatively minor offense may only be required to spend five days in a county jail or face a one-year sentence or probation for a misdemeanor. A felony conviction can result in a 15-year prison sentence.

Depending on the details of the incident which resulted in charges, you could have your world turned upside down by a lengthy prison sentence or a stain on your criminal record. Domestic violence convictions can also have a detrimental impact on your rights as a parent and potentially even your job.

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need to understand your options for defending against the charges. In some cases, you can try to have the charges dismissed or agree to a plea that allows you to attend counseling or therapy in lieu of prison time. In order to pursue these options, it can be crucial to work through them and build your defense with the help and experience of an attorney.

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