Defending You Against Domestic Violence Charges
What may begin as an argument between you and a family member or loved one could escalate into a tense and sometimes violent fight. If a loved one or family member accuses you of domestic violence, you must seek legal assistance immediately. Even an accusation of domestic violence against you can have devastating consequences that impact several areas of your life. You may lose custody of your children, have to move out of your home and may have a permanent criminal record.
You need an experienced attorney to fight for you to protect your rights and freedom. At Norgard & Chastang, our Florida Bar board-certified criminal trial attorneys have years of experience defending clients in felony and misdemeanor cases. We will work tirelessly to present a strong defense on your behalf. Out of our office in Bartow, we can assist clients throughout Polk County and central Florida.
A Domestic Violence Conviction Can Have Significant Impacts On Your Life
Domestic violence can occur between spouses, family members or people in a relationship. In Florida, there are various types of domestic violence charges you may face depending on the circumstances of your case.
Domestic assault happens when one party intentionally threatens the other with violence, causing the victim fear. Simple assault is a misdemeanor but can be charged as a felony if a weapon was used or serious bodily harm occurred. Domestic battery is the intentional touching of another without their consent or intentionally causing bodily harm. Like with assault, domestic battery can be a felony if it results in serious bodily harm or a weapon was used.
Fighting Against Damaging Domestic Violence Injunctions
In Florida, domestic violence victims can petition for an injunction against their abuser. An injunction works like a restraining order, prohibiting or restricting contact between the parties. Violating a domestic violence injunction can lead to harsh criminal penalties, including a first-degree misdemeanor charge, up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. More serious violations can lead to a third-degree felony charge, up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Aside from criminal penalties, a domestic violence injunction can prevent you from seeing your children returning to your home and can make sharing finances or other daily tasks incredibly difficult. At Norgard & Chastang, we can defend you against a domestic violence injunction to help save you some of the legal and emotional stress it can place on you.
You Can Trust Us To Advocate For Your Rights
Domestic violence is a serious crime in Florida that can lead to harsh consequences legally and personally. Our attorneys at Norgard & Chastang have years of experience defending clients against misdemeanor and felony domestic violence charges. You can trust us to use our results-driven approach to fight for the most favorable outcome in your case. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 863-354-0508 or complete our online contact form to get in touch.