Written by: Michaella Radich
Domestic violence is assault caused by a family or household member (people related by blood or marriage, including former spouses) to another family or household member. Assault can manifest itself as aggravated assault, battery, stalking, false imprisonment, or sexual battery. If any cause personal injury or death, then there is reason to initiate an assault case.
Punishments vary from case to case, depending on the circumstances, but the minimum penalty for domestic violence is five days in county jail. Alternative punishments include probation and community service.
Assault charges can lead to other charges, or assault charges can be combined. The nature of the case determines whether it is domestic violence or battery. According to Florida State Law, domestic violence is a second-degree misdemeanor, while battery is a third-degree felony or first-degree misdemeanor. Charges and sentences differ if a restraining order was filed against the defendant prior to the incident.
If you or a loved one are the victim of assault, don’t wait to take legal action. Contact us at (888) 973-2776 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our trusted criminal defense attorneys!