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In Florida, domestic violence encompasses any type of assault, battery, stalking, kidnapping, or any criminal act resulting in physical injury by a family or household member against another family or household member. While state law is designed to protect victims of abuse, it is sometimes without grounds and used to gain leverage in a divorce. If you have been the victim of domestic violence or have been falsely accused, a Bartow attorney from my firm can protect you.
My goal at Advocate Law Firm, P.A. is to provide dedicated and tested legal support for those involved in a family law matter or accused of a crime. I have over 20 years of experience advocating for client’s rights when faced with legal issues which I put to work with each case I handle. I offer weekend and evening appointments and quick turn-around for phone calls, not to mention aggressive representation no matter what your legal situation is.
Protect Yourself from Further Harm
Any violence perpetrated against a family or household member is grounds for a domestic violence charge. My firm can protect you if you have been harmed and defend you if you are being baselessly accused.
A family or household member applied to the following:
- Current or former spouses
- Persons related by blood or marriage
- Parents who have a child in common whether or not they were married
- Persons currently or formerly residing together as a family
Those found guilty of domestic violence will likely serve at least one year on probation where they must attend a batterer’s intervention program as part of their probation. If bodily harm is intentionally inflicted on the victim, the defendant can serve a minimum of five days in jail.
Defense for those Accused of Abuse
It is sometimes the case that a spouse will accuse the other of domestic violence in order to gain the upper hand in a divorce case, as the victim can be awarded child custody and a bigger share in the asset division if the other spouse has been convicted of abuse.
If you have been victimized by your spouse, as a trained Bartow family law attorney, I can file for a protective injunction to be filed against your abuser to keep them from further harming you. On the other hand, if you have been falsely accused, I can work to argue on your behalf to protect your rights. Speak with me concerning your needs right away and I can provide you with the reliable legal counsel you need at this critical time. We offer services in English and Spanish.
Victim of domestic violence? Request your free case evaluation—(863) 644-5566!
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