Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
In Florida, Domestic Violence generally means that a person has been charged with committing a violent act against someone they have or had relationship with -- be it a family member, boyfriend or girlfriend, or husband or wife. Domestic Violence encompasses charges of Stalking, Harassment or Abuse. Domestic Violence cases can be complicated because in many situations law enforcement are required to make an arrest whenever a domestic call is made, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the call to police or who was at fault. Domestic Violence is a sensitive topic that carries social consequences in addition to possible legal ramifications.
On the other hand, Florida Child Abuse charges (Florida Statute § 827.03) stem from allegations of abuse (either physical or emotional) of a child, usually by family members, caretakers or friends. The age of the abused child, the extent of the child's injuries, or whether there was physical harm or allegations of emotional abuse determine whether this crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. In addition, charges of Child Abuse can be brought against someone if their actions resulted in physical injury despite the fact that at the time, it was unlikely their actions would harm the child.
If you have been charged with Domestic Violence or Child Abuse, do not speak to anyone who may seem to be acting in your best interest including social workers, law enforcement officers or representatives from Children & Family Services. These people, while appearing friendly, may actually be gathering evidence against you. You should speak to a lawyer before speaking to anyone about the circumstances surrounding your case. These cases are obviously emotionally charged and require the impartial perspective of an attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC have represented many clients charged with Child Abuse or Domestic Violence. Please contact us today to ensure that your legal rights are not being compromised.
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