Second Offense Criminal Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys
Criminal Law Attorneys In Jacksonville Defending Those Accused Of Second-Offense Domestic Violence
Providing A Strong Defense For Serious Charges
Florida takes domestic violence seriously: Under state law, it’s a crime, not just a private family matter. If you’re accused of domestic violence without causing bodily harm to another person and have no prior convictions, the charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. But if you’re charged with a second offense, you face mandatory jail or prison time, in some cases even if the victim chooses not to press charges. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to seek sound and experienced legal help as soon as possible: Early intervention is critical to your defense.
At Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A., our Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys have defended Floridians charged with second-offense domestic violence for many years. We understand both the serious nature of these charges and the importance of acting quickly to safeguard your rights under the law. If you’ve been arrested on a second domestic violence charge, speak with no one until you’ve contacted us first.
The Impact Of A Second Domestic Violence Charge
The penalties for domestic violence depend on the severity of the crime committed. An assault consists of a threat or intimidating gesture toward a spouse, partner, or other household member. Battery involves actual physical contact. Aggravated battery is charged when a weapon is used or serious injury results. A second domestic violence arrest may involve any of these charges, but with a change in the law enacted in 2001, a second offense is automatically considered a felony, and if you’re convicted, you will be incarcerated.
Our attorneys will act quickly to intervene on your behalf, pursuing a number of strategies:
- We ensure your side of the story is told in an attempt to convince the state not to file charges. Were there injuries, and if so, was medical help sought by the victim? Was alcohol involved? Were children present? All of these factors weigh in the potential charges against you.
- If you are charged, we work to influence the prosecutor’s decision to mitigate the effect on your employment, child custody, or professional licenses.
- If you are charged with battery, and your case goes to trial, our legal team is thoroughly prepared to wage a solid defense in court.
If you’ve been charged with domestic violence for the second time, you owe it to yourself and your future to seek legal help from attorneys who understand Florida law and are committed to your best possible outcome. We at Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A., stand ready to help.
Contact Us For Experienced Help With Your Domestic Violence Charge
At Fallgatter & Catlin, P.A., our domestic violence lawyers in Jacksonville, Florida, are on your side, providing decades of criminal law experience. Involving a lawyer early in your case is vitally important and can often allow your charges to be dismissed or lessened. Take immediate action and call our office at 904-353-5800 or contact us online to arrange a consultation that is free, with no obligation.