In the state of Florida, domestic violence charges are common. They can arise from a variety of situations, including arguments between partners or false accusations of domestic violence by an ex-spouse in order to gain control over divorce or custody proceedings. If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, both your future and your reputation are in jeopardy. You need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible in order to mitigate the charges against you.
What Happens After the Arrest?
After the arrest, you are likely going to be required to go through an arraignment, at which time you will plead guilty, not-guilty, or no contest (nolo contender). Although it is not legally required that you have an attorney at this time, having an attorney on your side from the get go can ensure that your rights are protected from the outset of the case.
What Are My Options?
A seasoned Florida domestic violence attorney can help you understand the various aspects of your individual case and the options that are available to you. However, as a general rule, most people facing a domestic violence charge can choose from one of the following routes:
- Enter a plea bargain
- Ask for a jury trial
- Plead guilty
Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, and only you can make the final decision with the help of sound legal advice. Domestic violence charges can ruin your reputation, your relationships, and even your career if they are not managed appropriately.
As a Florida defense lawyer with years of experience working with clients who have been charged with domestic violence, I can provide you with the experience and resources you need to fight the charges against you.
For a consultation to discuss the charges against you, contact me today at 1-305-433-0497.