Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges in Florida
Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many individuals and families in Florida. Unfortunately, many people who are accused of domestic violence are falsely accused. If you have been charged with domestic violence in Florida, it is important to understand your rights and the legal process so that you can effectively defend yourself against the charges.
In this article, we will discuss the legal process for defending against domestic violence charges in Florida, as well as possible defenses for a domestic violence charge.
What is Domestic Violence in Florida?
Florida law defines domestic violence as any criminal offense that results in physical harm, bodily injury, or death or that causes the reasonable fear of such harm or injury committed by a family or household member against another family or household member. This includes crimes such as battery, assault, stalking, and kidnapping.
The Legal Process for Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges
When you are charged with domestic violence, the legal process will typically involve several steps. The first step is the arrest and initial hearing, where the judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe that you committed the crime. If the judge finds probable cause, the case will proceed to a pretrial hearing.
At the pretrial hearing, the prosecution will present evidence against you, and the judge will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. If the judge finds that there is enough evidence, the case will proceed to trial.
At trial, the prosecution will present their evidence against you, and you will have the opportunity to present your own evidence and call witnesses to defend yourself. The jury will then decide if you are guilty or not.
If you are found guilty, the judge will determine your sentence. If you are found not guilty, you will be acquitted, and the charges will be dismissed.