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Domestic Violence

There are few areas of the law in which an accused individual would require the assistance of a skilled Bartow criminal defense attorney more than in the area of domestic violence. Incidents of alleged domestic violence are always emotionally charged events that ultimately require the experience of an objective, detached attorney to sort out the relevant facts and put the necessary defensive machinery in place to formulate a viable defense.  Domestic Violence (DV) charges are of a very serious nature and carry severe consequences. DV charges can be misdemeanor or felonious in degree and can result in jail time, probation, fines, and tragically, loss of parental rights.

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By definition, a DV offense is an act that is committed by one member of a household against another regardless of whether or not the parties involved are related by blood or marriage. Most typical of such incidents are those involving a boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate, spousal or same-sex partner.  Certain circumstances can elevate an otherwise misdemeanor offense to the level of an outright felony if they are aggravated violence such as battery, strangulation, or other overt acts that result in bodily harm or if the victim is pregnant. Among the specific charges that may result are the following :

  • Battery
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated stalking (in violation of an injunction)

Domestic violence incidents are usually quelled by local peace officers who oftentimes must make snap decisions based on flimsy evidence and biased testimony of the alleged victim.  These detentions are made to ensure the separation of warring parties until a more reasonable mood can be made to prevail. Such a circumstance more often than not results in a quick arrest and overnight (or longer) jail time for the alleged perpetrator. 

An individual arrested under such circumstance is statutorily required to be held in jail without bond until they can appear before a competent tribunal to determine the severity of the allegations. Among the issues reviewed will be one's prior criminal history and the safety of the alleged victim should the perpetrator be freed on bond. Having a competent Bartow criminal defense attorney on hand to argue the case for dismissal, reduced charges and/or reasonable bond arrangements at this point in the proceedings is essential to a favorable outcome for the client. For this reason, one should contact one of our Florida criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of David Carmichael, ESQ immediately upon arrest. Our skilled attorneys are trained to argue forcefully and convincingly at these pretrial administrative proceedings to insure that you will stay out of jail while your defense is drafted, prepared and executed.

After this initial appearance the results of the review will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for consideration as to the degree of charges to be filed. At this juncture in the proceedings one of our Bartow criminal defense attorneys can intervene on behalf of our clients to include disculpatory evidence that can lead to a complete dismissal or reduced charges. By defeating these charges before they ever find the light of day we can prevent our clients from ever having to see the inside of a courtroom.

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On a more proactive front, once the emotional landscape has found a level grounding, the alleged victim may be persuaded toward a change of heart and withdraw the complaint against our client in its entirety. This potential remedy is available provided the results of the administrative review restrict the charges to a misdemeanor and even still the district attorney is not obligated to dismiss the case by virtue of such an turnabout. However in our experience the reluctance in retrospect on the part of a victim to pursue a DV complaint acts as such a serious deterrent to a successful prosecution that concessions on the part of the District Attorney are almost certainly predictable. Only a skilled Florida criminal defense attorney of the type available to you at The Law Offices of David Carmichael, ESQ has the necessary negotiating skills and persuasive abilities to achieve such an outcome on your behalf. Should this incident be your first encounter with the law it is not uncommon for us to have your case diverted into an anger management program or other rehabilitative counseling with an eye toward complete dismissal upon successful completion of such program.  

Domestic Violence cases are complex both in the factual circumstance that gave rise to them and in the process by which the judicial system adjudicates them. The successfully negotiation of all the required legal hurdles toward achieving a just and favorable outcome requires the well honed skills of a trained, legal professional. If you or a loved one are facing such a charge there is no need for despair or to concede your fate to a mercilessly unforgiving penal system. You do have rights and you do have a defense. There are many avenues that can be taken to settle your case in a manner that achieves justice for all parties. Our job is to find that avenue which will carry you most quickly to a favorable outcome. Call one of our experienced Florida criminal defense attorneys now at The Law Offices of David Carmichael, ESQ at 863-733-9119 immediately. Time is of the essence in such cases especially at the early stages. Your initial consultation is free of charge. You have nothing to lose and a lifetime of freedom and dignity to gain. Don't hesitate. Act NOW.

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