Domestic Violence (DV) offenses are serious charges that require the assistance of a law firm dedicated to Tampa criminal domestic violence defense. By definition, DV offenses are those committed by one family member or other household member against another. The most common situations involve a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Domestic Violence charges in Tampa can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The offense can become a more severe felony if there are aggravating circumstances such as causing great bodily harm, strangulation, stalking in violation of an injunction, or if the alleged victim is pregnant.
Domestic Violence (DV) includes:
- Battery or aggravated battery;
- Assault or aggravated assault;
- False imprisonment or kidnapping; and
- stalking or aggravated stalking.
Tampa DV Defense
When dispatched with a Tampa domestic violence situation, law enforcement officers often have no choice but to make quick judgments based on small amounts of evidence. The results of those quick judgments sometimes mean more than a night in jail and could mean extended jail time, probation, or loss of an individual’s parental rights. You need a dedicated and experienced Tampa domestic violence lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.
Understanding Tampa Domestic Violence
Individuals arrested for DV in Tampa are held in custody without bond until they are brought before the court for their first appearance. Whether or not a bond is given is determined by the severity of the allegations, prior criminal history, concerns over the safety of the victim and the ability of your attorney to make a persuasive argument to the judge. The Tampa domestic violence defense attorneys at Anton Castro Law have the experience and knowledge to help our clients stay out of jail while fighting the case.
After first appearance, the charges are forwarded to the State Attorney’s office for review. The Tampa DV attorneys at Anton Castro Law are able to contact the state during this crucial time before formal charges are filed. In some cases information is provided to the State Attorney that results in the outright dismissal of charges, or reduced charges.
If a victim does not wish to prosecute, they may file a Waiver of Prosecution on misdemeanor charges. This may make the State Attorney’s job of proving the charge more difficult, but it does not mean the State Attorney will automatically “drop” charges. Charges may be formally filed even if a Waiver of Prosecution is filed by the victim. If domestic violence charges are filed there are several pathways to resolve the matter. If this is your first offense, the Tampa domestic violence attorneys at Anton Castro Law can possibly persuade the State Attorney to allow you to enter a diversion program that ultimately leads to the dismissal of all charges after successful completion of counseling. Should you not be granted permission to participate in the diversion program, our Tampa DV lawyers will gladly explain other possible options to resolve your case.
Don’t fight a Tampa Domestic Violence case alone
You don’t have to face your legal situation by yourself. Despite how bleak you might feel your situation is, call the Tampa Domestic Violence defense attorneys at Anton Castro Law at (813) 907-9807 or request a free consultation. Each domestic violence case is different and unique based upon the individual facts of your case.