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Learn which circumstances differentiate a domestic violence felony from a misdemeanor.

Because there are a variety of actions and situations that fall under the umbrella of domestic violence, determining the details of the exact charges and penalties you face — and even determining whether a case of domestic violence is a felony — can be tricky.

Domestic violence charges can result in penalties like jail time, no contact orders, and counseling requirements. Understanding the specifics of your charges and whether the instance of domestic violence as a felony is crucial in preparing a strong defense. The best way to gain a thorough understanding is by working with a qualified and caring felony defense lawyer such as Peterford Law.

When Is Domestic Violence a Felony?

In Florida, whether or not domestic violence is a felony depends on a variety of factors. Felony domestic violence in Florida aligns with the circumstances that would dictate a felony if committed against a stranger.

Situations like striking another person or causing bodily harm are generally categorized as assault or battery. If the relationship between the victim and the offender is that of a family member or household member, the assault charges become domestic violence charges.

Domestic violence can occur between:

  • Relatives (related by marriage or blood)
  • People with a child in common
  • Current or former spouses
  • People who live or lived together as a family

Domestic violence felony charges include:

  • Kidnapping and false imprisonment
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Aggravated stalking
  • Sexual battery
  • Strangulation

These are different from misdemeanors. Misdemeanor assault or battery does not result in permanent injury or disfigurement, nor does it involve the use of a deadly weapon. On the other hand, aggravated battery causes substantial bodily harm or permanent injury, while aggravated assault involves brandishing a deadly weapon while threatening someone and causing fear of violence.

In addition, if the offender has previous convictions for the same charges, if the victim is a pregnant person, or if the victim is over the age of 65, then this also dictates a felony charge.

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Potential Penalties for a Domestic Violence Felony

  • Jail or prison time: Penalties vary by charge. For example, felony aggravated stalking is punishable by 1-10 years in prison, while aggravated domestic battery can result in up to 15 years of prison time. With over a decade of prison time at stake, obtaining qualified legal representation is a necessity.
  • Firearm limitations: In Florida, people who have been convicted of domestic violence face suspension of their concealed firearm licenses. Federal law may also impose additional restrictions on the ownership and use of any firearm.
  • No contact orders: Depending on the details of the case, the offender may face no contact orders or restraining orders. This means the alleged offender cannot talk to or be in proximity to the victim. Some such orders may last a short amount of time, but others can be more permanent. Because of the intertwined nature of many families, these orders can pose a challenge in rebuilding relationships with all family members, not only between the victim and the offender.
  • Fines: Many charges, such as felony aggravated stalking, can result in fines up to $10,000.
  • Counseling: A judge may order mandatory counseling as a penalty for a domestic violence felony conviction. Many programs are specific to family violence and some include aspects like a psychological evaluation. The offender is generally responsible for the cost of these programs.

Each aspect of the potential penalties for a domestic violence felony conviction can be life-altering in many ways. From family dynamics to financial wellness and even prison time, there is no overstating all that is at stake if facing a felony domestic violence charge.

Finding a Domestic Violence Felony Lawyer Near You

Protecting your rights and making a strong defense against domestic violence felony charges lies in working with a qualified and dedicated lawyer who thoroughly understands the legal system. With over three years as a former prosecutor, Peterford Law is equipped with unique experience and insight into the best defenses and legal strategy. He has handled more than 1,000 cases and displays his dedication to his clients time and time again.

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