Tampa domestic violence attorneys are often explain the most obvious difference is in domestic battery is that the alleged victim has some sort of familial or otherwise relationship with the accused. Additionally, the overwhelming majority of judicial circuits in Florida have courts and prosecutors specifically assigned to prosecute domestic related batteries, especially misdemeanor charges. This is far different than regular, generic battery.
Aside from the obvious criminal differences, domestic battery often involves other related family law type cases, this is why experienced Tampa domestic violence attorneys are required for these sorts of cases. Generally, a domestic battery charge either is the beginning or the end of the family law case, be it a divorce or child custody case. Domestic battery charges also ultimately lead up to injunctions for protection being filed by the alleged victim against the accused. Our Tampa domestic violence attorneys have extensive experience concerning defending injunctions for protection against domestic and repeat violence. It is very important to have an attorney represent you at your injunction return hearing because everything you say is being recorded. Also, many prosecutors immediately go to the audio recording of the injunction return hearing for evidence against the accused. Unfortunately, sometimes during these recordings the accused disputes facts of the case which makes admissions that can be used against them in court. This causes a more difficult situation for you and your defense attorney at trial. Our Tampa Domestic Violence Attorney will develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with your criminal charge, injunction and family law cases. For your convenience, we provided a link to the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court’s website regarding domestic violence injunctions.
Having a defense attorney present during your injunction hearing will permit you to essentially argue the merits of the injunction, without making potentially incriminating statements during the hearing, which will later be used against you in the criminal proceeding. Although the judge presiding over the injunction hearing will issue a warning that statements can be used against you, the overwhelming majority of criminal defendant simply ignore the same, when not represented by an attorney. Again, it is critical to develop a comprehensive strategy to resolve the criminal matter, domestic violence injunction and family matter, rather than trying to handle them separately.
If you or someone you know has been charged with domestic battery, contact our Tampa domestic violence attorneys of Hackworth Law, P. A. for free case consultation. We will identify potential defenses and trial strategy for use in defending yourself against such claims. It is important in these matters to have an attorney that handles both family law and criminal defense to ensure your rights are protected at all stages of the proceedings. If you would like to contact one of our Tampa domestic violence attorneys immediately, please use either our chat box or the “contact us now” tab on the upper right hand corner of our website. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your time in checking out our Tampa domestic violence attorneys blog.