Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys
Domestic Violence Attorney defending local residents and out of town visitors in Destin, Niceville, Defuniak Springs, Santa Rosa Beach, Okaloosa County, and Walton County, FL.
The days of the police responding to a domestic dispute and helping to defuse the situation are over. These days, if the police are called to someone’s home, or condo if they’re on vacation in Destin, Florida, someone is going to jail.
Often, an arrest is made even though there are no signs of actual violence – no injuries or even physical evidence. The police operate on the predisposed notion that someone is getting arrested, so they don’t bother to conduct a full investigation or to weigh both sides of the story.
An Arrest Is Not A Conviction.
It is pretty easy to get arrested for Domestic Violence in Destin. However, an arrest is simply an accusation. It is NOT a conviction. It is our job to make it as difficult as possible for the State Attorney to win a conviction.
Understanding What Constitutes Domestic Violence/Battery In Florida.
Florida Statute 784.03(1)(a)(1) defines Battery as:
“The offense of battery occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other.”
Florida Statute 741.28(2) defines Domestic Violence as:
“Domestic Violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery,……or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”
This matter is usually charged as a first degree misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or one year of reporting probation.
Acting Quickly Is Important.
Time is of the essence if you have been charged with Domestic Violence in Destin. There are two very important reasons for this:
(1) It is very important for your domestic violence lawyer to immediately contact the alleged victim and take their statement before formal charged are filed.
(2) If you are currently under a “no contact” order from the Court, steps can be taken very early on in the case to get this order modified to allow you to have contact with your loved one and avoid a violation of your pretrial release.
Making The Right Moves and Doing Whatever It Takes To Win Your Case.
The best way to resolve this charge with a favorable outcome is to convince the Prosecutor to drop the charge. You may have heard that once the State “picks up” the charge, it doesn’t matter what the alleged victim wants. And technically, this is true. The State does have the option to proceed with prosecution with or without the cooperation of the victim.
However, in reality, the State needs a witness in most cases that is willing to come to court and testify that the crime took place and to identify the perpetrator. In cases where the alleged victim is cooperative, our strategy is to set the case for trial.
As skilled domestic violence attorneys, we know exactly what to do to put the maximum amount of pressure on the State Attorney. If the State refuses to dismiss the case, we will be more than ready to expertly defend you at trial.
We Won’t Judge You — We Will Defend You.
No matter what you are accused of, we will not judge you or look down on you. You are innocent until proven guilty, and to us…. that is not just a slogan.
We believe that every client, no matter what they are accused of, is worth fighting for. We also believe that every case can be won with the right team and the right strategy.
A Team That Can Help You Through This Crisis.
We understand what an incredibly humiliating and stressful ordeal you are going through. It is our job to help relieve your stress — not to add to it.
We know that you’re looking for peace of mind. Here is how we will help you achieve it:
- During our free consultation, we will discuss your case in detail, get all your questions answered, and give you a clear outline of how we plan to defend you.
- We offer a Flat Fee Guarantee and we will give it to you in writing. This means you will know, up front, exactly how much our expert representation will cost, with no hidden costs or surprises.
- We will explain your upcoming court dates and what will be expected of you.
- We will keep you regularly updated on the status of your case.
- We will explain all of your options to you, with enough time to think about it before having to make a final decision.
Making The Right Choice.
Choosing the right defense team to take on this fight with you could make all the difference in your case. It could mean the difference between a permanent criminal record and a fresh start with a clean slate.
For over 10 years, Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending clients accused of domestic violence in Destin and throughout the Florida Panhandle. With your freedom and your record on the line, you need a team with the proven track record of success that we offer.
Flaherty Defense Firm is ready to go to work for you when you need a domestic violence lawyer. If you have been charged with Domestic Violence in Destin, Niceville, Defuniak Springs, or anywhere in Okaloosa or Walton County Florida, call us today at (850) 654-6097 for a free, confidential consultation. We are available 24 hours day, 365 days a year.