If you have been convicted of domestic violence in Florida, the crime will stay on your permanent record. The conviction cannot be sealed or expunged.
The State of Florida takes accusations of domestic violence very seriously. Depending on the specifics of the crime and the accused’s background, domestic violence can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony crime.
If you are facing charges of domestic violence, do not wait to contact me, attorney Richard Nick Kelley. In my Orlando and Kissimmee law offices, I offer a free consultation where we can discuss your legal options.
Explore Your Defense Options
With more than 40 years experience in criminal defense, I am familiar with the many options available to those accused of domestic violence.
As a first-time offender, you may be eligible for a diversion program that would drop charges. There may be other defense options that can reduce or dismiss charges and help you avoid a restraining order.
Investigating domestic violence charges is critical. Because of the personal nature of the crime — the fact that family members and significant others are involved — it can be difficult to focus on the facts. By investigating the accusations and considering that false accusations may have been made, our law firm takes an objective approach to defending these types of cases.
Domestic Violence During Divorce
It is not uncommon for one spouse to accuse another of domestic abuse or violence during divorce proceedings. This is often used as a tactic to get an upper hand in child custody and other determinations.
When domestic violence charges are brought during divorce, it is important for the accused to seek legal help as soon as possible. A conviction could affect the outcome of a divorce settlement and relationships with the couple’s children.