Police officers frequently err on the side of caution when responding to calls involving alleged domestic violence. During heated disagreements, exaggerated recollections or false allegations can often lead to people being placed under arrest despite a lack of evidence that anyone was harmed.
Crimes of this nature can carry severe penalties with extreme long-term consequences. It is critical to understand that in these cases, alleged victims do not have the power to “drop the charges.” Rather, the prosecutor is the one who files the charges and has the sole authority to dismiss them.Domestic Violence Lawyer in Broward County, Florida
If you were recently arrested in Florida for any kind of alleged act of domestic violence, make sure that you have legal representation before agreeing to any proposed plea bargain. The Hoffman Firm works tirelessly to help achieve the most favorable outcomes with the fewest possible penalties for clients all over Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman represents people in Sunrise, Dania Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, and many other nearby areas. You can receive a complete review of your case when you call (954) 524-4474 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Overview of Domestic Violence Crimes in Fort Lauderdale
- What crimes are considered acts of domestic violence?
- Who are considered family or household members?
- Are there any sources of help for victims of domestic violence in Broward County?
Types of Domestic Violence Offenses in Florida
Domestic violence is defined under Florida Statute § 741.28(2) as any:
- Aggravated assault;
- Aggravated battery;
- Sexual assault;
- Sexual battery;
- Aggravated stalking;
- False imprisonment; or
- Any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
Some of the specific types of domestic violence charges that The Hoffman Firm handles include:
- Battery by Strangulation;
- Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Female;
- Stalking / Aggravated Stalking;
- Domestic Assault / Battery; and
- Child Abuse / Neglect.
Domestic Violence Victims in Broward County
Crimes of domestic violence involve family or household members. This phrase is defined under Florida Statute § 741.28(3) as meaning:
- Former spouses;
- Persons related by blood or marriage;
- Persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family; and
- Persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married.
With the exception of people who have children in common, family or household members need to be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.
It is important to keep in mind that criminal charges are usually only one facet of domestic violence cases. Alleged victims can also seek injunctions for protection against domestic violence, more commonly referred to as protection orders or restraining orders.
Protection order hearings are civil matters that are separate from criminal cases, but still carry serious penalties that may include loss of child custody and loss of access to a shared home. The Hoffman Firm represents clients at these hearings and also defends clients accused of violations of protective orders or repeat violations of protective orders.
Florida Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence | Broward Sheriff's Office — Learn more about domestic violence on this section of the Broward Sheriff's Office’s website. The Sheriff's Office takes part in the Intimate Violence Enhanced Service Team (InVEST) sponsored by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV). You can find information about reporting and seeking protection from domestic violence.
Broward Sheriff's Office
2601 W. Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
Women In Distress | Broward County, Inc. — Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. Its mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. On this website, you can read Stories of Hope, view upcoming events, and learn more about donating or volunteering.
Have you been charged with an alleged domestic violence offense in Florida? It will be in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients in Plantation, Hallandale Beach, Margate, Hollywood, Miramar, and surrounding communities in Broward County. Call (954) 524-4474 or fill out an online contact form to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation that will let our lawyer review your case.