Domestic Violence Attorney in Orlando & Lake County
If you have been arrested for Domestic Violence, we, as Orlando Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys, may be able to assist you with a Domestic Violence Defense. We handle domestic violence cases and in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter, and Lake counties. An act of domestic violence is defined as any action or threat directed at a spouse, relationship partner, live-in companion, or other family members that cause the victim to fear for his or her safety.
If law enforcement officers or EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) respond to a domestic violence call and it appears that one person may have been injured by the other, the police are required to make an arrest. This often means that the person who has an injury to their body is labeled the victim, and the other person is arrested for domestic violence.
The accused must be held in jail without bond until he or she speaks with a judge. The judge can issue a “no contact” condition of release that prohibits the accused from seeing the alleged victim or can issue a “no return” condition that prohibits the accused from being able to enter their home. Orlando Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys may be able to help you in this area.
Under Florida law, a person who is arrested for domestic violence can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity of the offense, and can be charged with battery, assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or certain kinds of sexual abuse.
Experienced Orlando Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys such as Conan and Herman who handle domestic violence cases in Orlando can file a bond for your release, interview the alleged victim and any other witnesses for statements that can be used for your defense, try to get you back into your home if you have been prohibited from returning there, and file a “Declination of Prosecution” to get the state to consider dropping the charges against you.
Even if the victim drops their domestic violence claim against you, it is up to the State Attorney’s office to decide whether to file criminal charges. Unless you are acquitted of trial or the charges are dismissed against you, a domestic violence charge cannot be “expunged” from your arrest record.
A misdemeanor domestic violence conviction can include one year supervised probation, a $1000 maximum fine, up to one year in jail, limited visitation rights to see the victim, and at least 6 months participation in a batterers’ intervention program.
If you have been arrested for domestic violence in the Orlando area, you need to hire experienced Orlando Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys who know how the system works and can protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Conan and Herman P.A. have successfully defended thousands of people in all areas of criminal law, and they will personally handle all aspects of your domestic violence case. Contact Mark T. Conan or J. Scott Herman at (407) 872-3999 for a free consultation.