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» 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.
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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.
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» Domestic violence is habitual, routine abusive conduct enacted with the intention of exerting power over and removing agency from a member of the household or intimate partner. While the frequency and severity of the abuse varies, a common thread of domestic violence is the perpetrator’s systematic need to control the victim’s personhood. Abusive behavior may initially seem innocuous (i.e. asking the victim to be more mindful of spending habits), but can escalate into life-threatening territory as time progresses (i.e. threatening to hurt or kill the victim for making any purchases).
» Domestic violence includes, but is not limited to:
• Physical – Does your partner choke, slap, hit or use a weapon against you? Does your partner threaten to hurt you, your loved ones or your pets?
• Emotional – Does your partner verbally shame or criticize you? Does your partner discourage you from seeing your friends or family? Does your partner monitor and stalk you?
• Sexual – Does your partner sabotage birth control or refuse to use protection? Does your partner pressure or force you into unwanted sexual acts? Sexual abuse is often linked with physical abuse.
• Financial – Does your partner withhold resources from you? Does your partner pressure you to work, or refuse to let you to work? Does your partner destroy your property?
» 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
• False imprisonment
• Any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death
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.
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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.