Boynton Beach Domestic Violence Attorneys
We Have a Reputation for Providing Compassionate Legal Guidance
At Stok Kon + Braverman, we know that domestic violence and allegations of domestic violence commonly arise when complicated family law matters are contested. That is why our experienced legal team is committed to helping clients navigate family law cases involving domestic violence. We understand that domestic violence cases can be stressful, prolonged, and emotionally charged.
Those accused of domestic violence face serious ramifications, which is why we make it our priority to use our firm’s extensive resources and practical legal insight to vigorously defend their reputations and fight for their rights under the law. Our esteemed legal professionals at Stok Kon + Braverman understand the inherent complexities of domestic violence cases, and we are prepared to help you navigate obstacles with compassion and care.
Situations involving domestic violence can be some of the greatest challenges that you will face, some please don’t hesitate to turn to us if you need reliable legal counsel. We will stand in your corner and back you through each phase of the process and ensure that you receive the fair treatment and justice that you deserve.
Florida’s Domestic Violence Laws
Florida has criminal laws that cover domestic violence situations and other types of prohibited conduct. Perhaps the most obvious and common type of conduct that is considered domestic violence is assault and battery. Acts of domestic violence can occur between spouses, former spouses, relatives, and roommates.
The terms “family member” and “household member” both have broad definitions under the law. These terms include:
- Blood relatives
- People who live together as a family
- Individuals who have lived together as a family in the past
- Married an unmarried people who share a child or children
Other than people who share a child, Florida law requires that the family or household members currently live together, or that they have lived together in the past in a single dwelling unit.
Common Forms of Domestic Violence
The following forms of domestic violence might implicate criminal liability:
- Assault & Battery: This includes intentional and non-consensual acts, such as touching or hitting another person you live with or used to live with. The penalties for domestic battery can result in up to one year in jail, 12 months of probation, and/or a $1,000 fine.
- Stalking: Stalking is considered an act of domestic violence when an individual maliciously or willfully follows someone around on a repeated basis. Cyberstalking is also a form of domestic violence if the perpetrator uses email communications or other digital conduct with the sole intent of causing harm or harassing the victim.
- Kidnapping / False Imprisonment: In some situations, kidnapping can be very subtle, while other times, it is the result of psychological intimidation that creates a situation where the victim believes they cannot leave the area they are confined to.
Legal Defenses to Fight Back Against Domestic Violence Allegations
The following are recognized legal defenses than be used to defend your reputation against domestic violence allegations:
- Self-Defense: You have the right to take action that can prevent violence or the non-consensual use of force against you by responding with a reasonable level of force against an attacker. This legal theory also applies if you are in a situation where you are forced to defend another individual, such as a child or roommate, from an attack or an imminent attack.
- False Allegations: People often make domestic violence allegations against another member of their household or their former partner in order to harass, intimidate, or punish them. This tactic is often used when a parent wants leverage in a child custody dispute or another type of family law matter.
- Lack of Intent: Certain types conduct that can be considered domestic violence requires proof that the accused intended to harm or harass the victim. If the prosecution fails prove the defendant had the requisite intent, then the domestic violence charge will be dropped.
Our Skilled Legal Professionals Are Here to Help You Fight for Justice
Stok Kon + Braverman has assisted individuals and families across Boynton Beach and the surrounding areas. We know that domestic violence accusations can create significant difficulties in your life, which is why our award-winning legal team will work tirelessly to ensure that your right to fair treatment is honored throughout the legal process. From gathering evidence and identifying witnesses to interacting with police on your behalf, we will use our full resources and depth of legal knowledge to vigorously advocate for you.
To set up a case consultation with one of our legal professionals, please call (954) 874-8870 or contact us online.