Seminole County Domestic Violence Lawyers

Top-Rated Domestic Violence Law Firm in Seminole County*

» Whether you or someone you love has been accused of domestic violence, it is crucial that you contact a skilled domestic violence lawyer to take charge of your case. 

» The Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark has an exceptional record in representing both those accused of abuse and those who have suffered domestic violence throughout central Florida. We have the experience, tenacity, and skill needed to conquer any legal challenges on the road to enforcing our clients’ rights and safeguarding their futures.

» Contact us today for a complimentary, confidential consultation.

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Assistance for a loved one

If someone you love has been arrested for domestic violence — we can help. If your loved one has been ordered to wear a GPS device, prohibited from returning home and instructed to cease contact with you — we can help.


» It is irrelevant if you filed the report with the police or have been notified by the State Attorney’s Office to meet with them. You still have the right to clarify your wishes. You have the right to decline prosecution. You have the right to seek alternative options.


» Keep in mind that anything you say can be used against you under certain circumstances.


The Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark can inform you of these situations and of the procedures that will not only protect your rights but also bring your wishes to fruition.


» Call us today to get back control of your life.


Get Your Complimentary Consultation Today

To arrange a free initial consultation, please call us today at 407-865-8888. We are committed to providing your case the attention that it deserves. All phone calls are answered quickly and answers are readily available.

Why Hire Us?

Matthews R. Bark is a former prosecutor who has thrived professionally in all three branches of our judicial system. Synthesizing his mastery of the system with the collective skill and experience of his team, he has spearheaded the Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark’s exceptional record in representing both victims of domestic violence and those accused of abuse throughout central Florida. We have the tenacity and expertise needed to conquer any legal challenges, however complex or problematic, on the road to enforcing our clients’ rights. We know what it takes to safeguard your future.


Essential Domestic Violence Knowledge

How is domestic violence defined legally in Florida?

» Certain offenses become domestic violence when inflicted upon a current or former intimate partner, a member of the household, or a relation via blood, by marriage or through children. As a result, according to Florida statute 741.28-31 domestic violence constitutes any of the following crimes when inflicted upon this cohort of people:

• Assault, aggravated assault
• Battery, aggravated battery
• Sexual assault, sexual battery
• Stalking, aggravated stalking
• Kidnapping
• False imprisonment
• Any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death

Defenders of the Accused

Charges of domestic violence need not entail actual physical violence. Many domestic violence cases involve non-violent accusations such as threatening communication, stalking or harassment. Penalties for nonviolent misdemeanors can be as severe as those for violent misdemeanors. 

» Without proper and prompt legal representation, accusations of  abuse whether legitimate or not, may result in restraining orders and other harsh legal consequences prior to any determination of innocence or guilt. These penalties can jeopardize every aspect of your life, from child visitation rights to employment security to immigration status. 

The Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark has extensive experience in representing those who have accused of domestic violence or have had a restraining order placed against them. We will explain your options and ensure that your constitutional rights are aggressively safeguarded.

» Do not wait until it’s too late to protect your future. Contact us today.


Conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence can entail fines up to $1000 and incarceration up to 1 year. Conviction of felony domestic violence can entail much larger fines, incarceration for more than one year, and more.

Both. Domestic violence charges include assault (second degree misdemeanor), aggravated assault (third degree felony) and/or battery (first degree misdemeanor or third degree felony).


No. Once convicted of a domestic violence charge, your record cannot be sealed in the state of Florida. If the case is dropped, the charge may be expunged.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Seminole County Domestic Violence Attorney

For those accused and victims of abuse alike, it is often impossible to take effective action or find a real solution without knowledgeable legal guidance and dedicated representation. We have gotten cases dismissed, resolved, shorter prosecution and have many resources to handle these matters outside the court. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark, P.A. have a proven record of producing results in a timely and cost-effective manner. Contact us online, or by telephone toll-free at (407) 865-8888 to speak with an experienced family law attorney.

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