Tampa Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
Work with an Experienced Former Prosecutor
Domestic violence allegations are common cases in Florida courts. They are aggressively prosecuted to prevent future abuse and to punish those who harm dating partners and family members.
With a fierce prosecutor working against you, you need to protect yourself. If you are being investigated for or have been charged with a domestic violence offense, it is crucial that you seek counsel from Buda Law as soon as possible. Working with our Tampa domestic violence defense attorney can only benefit you in your pursuit of a positive resolution. As a former Pinellas County prosecutor, Attorney Andrew Buda knows exactly how state prosecutors think and act. With that insight, our firm can deconstruct your case and find holes in the prosecution’s case.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence consists of aggressive and violent acts against family and household members. These members can include ex-spouses, the parent of a child you share, or someone with whom you live or have lived with in the past. Domestic violence can also be committed against a current or former dating partner.
Domestic battery in Florida involves actually and intentionally touching or striking someone against his or her will or intentionally causing bodily injury to the other person.
As such, it is charged as a first-degree misdemeanor with the following potential penalties:
- Up to a year in jail (five days of which are mandatory where bodily injury has occurred)
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Completion of a batterers’ intervention program
- Community service
- Being subject to a restraining order that prohibits any contact with the victim and can affect child custody and visitation rights
In cases where serious bodily injury occurred or where a dangerous weapon was used, the act may be charged as aggravated assault or aggravated battery, which are felonies with more severe penalties. Other domestic violence crimes include sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, and more.
Turn to Buda Law
The charges you face in any domestic violence case will depend on the nature of the incident, your prior criminal history, whether serious bodily injury occurred, and the other circumstances surrounding the incident. In all cases, the time between your arrest and any formal charges is critical. That is why you should not hesitate to contact Buda Law for immediate help.
Call us at (813) 544-7024 for legal assistance today. We serve clients throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.