Panama City Domestic Violence Attorney
Dedicated, Aggressive Counsel for Domestic Violence Charges
If you find that you have been charged with domestic violence, it is critical to act quickly and retain excellent representation. These types of crimes are generally taken extremely seriously by prosecutors and a conviction can have a profound and long-lasting effect on your life. At Shouppe Law, I understand how stressful and daunting this experience can be, but rest assured that I have the knowledge you need to help you address these charges effectively. To achieve favorable results, your first call should be to a skilled Panama City criminal defense lawyer.
Contact me today to schedule your free consultation.
Definition of Domestic Battery
In Florida, domestic violence battery is considered any actual / intentional touching or hitting of another individual when there isn’t any consent. It can also include causing intentional bodily harm to another person. Specifically, victims are defined as family or household members.
Section 741. 28, Florida Statutes outlines the following individuals:
- Former partners / ex-spouses
- Individuals related by blood
- Individuals related by marriage
- Individuals living together as “family”
- Those who have formerly resided together as family
- Individuals who have children together
Under the law, the individual must have resided or previously resided with the defendant in a “single dwelling unit”—whether dorm room, house, apartment, or other living situation. However, if the individuals shared children together, domestic battery may be alleged without such a condition being met.
Domestic Battery Defenses
While these charges can seem intimidating, domestic violence battery charges can be effectively defended with the right approach. When you retain an experienced domestic violence lawyer, such as Kim Shouppe, you can ensure your legal options are thoroughly reviewed and your best interests taken into consideration. There are defenses that can be implemented to help protect your future.
Some common defenses to this charge include:
- Lack of any injuries
- Failure to provide corroborating evidence
- The victim is vindictive
- Self-defense or the defense of others
- Actions fall under “Stand Your Ground”
- No witnesses can attest to the event
- Consent was provided
Consequences of a Conviction
If you are found guilty of domestic violence, the penalties tend to be quite severe and may impact every part of your life. Jail time, probation, community service, and rehabilitative programs could await you. Furthermore, if you are convicted of domestic violence and are not a legal citizen of the United States, it may be used as grounds for your deportation.
Call Shouppe Law Today
As a Panama City criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, I have a comprehensive understanding of the legal issues surrounding domestic violence charges from both sides. I am able to provide insight into what the prosecutors on your case may be pursuing, and move to address weaknesses in their case well in advance.
Call my office at (850) 583-9088 today to retain honest, dependable counsel.