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Domestic Violence Attorneys in St. Pete and Pinellas Park

Why Do You Need a Domestic Violence Attorney?

Did you know that more than 10 million people annually are victims of domestic abuse? Domestic violence is no laughing matter. It is important to understand what constitutes domestic violence in the eyes of the law and the steps you can take after being a victim and why obtaining the services of an attorney is one of the most important steps you can take.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is defined as abuse that occurs in a relationship in which one person abuses the other, for the purposes of gaining and maintaining control. Spouses, children, roommates, and family members can all be victims of domestic violence. Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence is not just limited to abuse that occurs between spouses. There are many types of abuse that fall under the category of domestic violence.

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Economical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Psychological abuse

Even threats, stalking, and cyberstalking can be considered domestic violence.

What Steps Should You Take Immediately After Experiencing Domestic Violence?

The first thing you should do is to admit and recognize that you are a victim of domestic violence. Talk with friends, family members, and even trusted co-workers in confidence about your situation. It is widely recognized that leaving the situation can be extremely dangerous for the abused. There are hotlines that can offer help. You can also talk with authorities about your situation to strategize a safe way to get you and your children away from domestic violence. You should contact a criminal defense attorney who is well versed in domestic violence law as soon as possible.

How Can You Tell if You Have a Good Domestic Violence Case?

It is hard to build a good case off of your word against your abuser’s word. It is important to have good supporting evidence of domestic violence. Good supporting evidence includes:

  • Photographs
  • Video recordings of the incidents
  • Voice recordings of the incidents
  • Police reports
  • Medical documentation

A good domestic violence case will have one more pieces of evidence that show beyond a reasonable doubt that you have been the victim of domestic violence. Make sure that you have gathered all of your evidence when contacting your lawyer.

Florida Laws Concerning Domestic Violence

The state of Florida takes domestic violence very seriously and have very specific laws regarding domestic violence. There is a minimum punishment of 5 days in county jail, and the party convicted may very well be sentenced to a Florida state prison. The state law also dictates that the court has the right to hand down a sentence of probation and community service.

Other charges such as assault and battery may accompany domestic violence charges as well, which can result in a harsher sentence. Domestic violence can result in severity from misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the charges, which can result in imprisonment anywhere from 60 days to 15 years. In many cases, restraining orders are put in place to keep the convicted party from retaliating on the victim.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer for a Domestic Violence Case?

When you are the victim of domestic violence, you will need an attorney who understands your rights and laws regarding domestic violence. An attorney will help you talk with the police, negotiating dropped charges if you so wish, and create a strong case against your abuser if you are a victim of domestic violence.

When you are involved in a domestic violence case, it can be emotional. It is important to let Florida’s premier criminal defense attorney help you navigate the legal aspect and get you the best outcome possible.

How Long Do Domestic Violence Cases Take to Settle?

Every case is different. It is hard to give an exact time length that it will take to settle your domestic violence case. Some cases can take as little as 6 months while others may take 2 years, depending on the complexity of the case.

Florida’s Leading Attorneys in Domestic Violence Cases

Oldham & Delcamp are the most trusted attorneys throughout Tampa Bay and Central Florida. Our attorneys are focused on our clients and results-driven. We bring a wealth of experience to the table and are focused on getting you the best results for your case. Contact us today and let us discuss your domestic violence case.