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Destin Domestic Violence Lawyer

Nothing can make an argument with your significant other or family member worse than the cops showing up. They tend to storm in with preconceived notions that someone must go to jail. Even with no visible physical injuries, Destin law enforcement officers will make an arrest anytime they are called for a domestic dispute. I have seen this countless times and I take pride in defending those who were arrested for Domestic Violence in Destin.

If you are a Destin resident, or were on vacation in Destin and this has happened to you, you are likely embarrassed and terrified about what is going to happen next. At Flaherty Defense Firm, our domestic violence lawyers are standing by, ready to put your mind at ease so give us a call at (850) 243-6097.

A Glimpse of Domestic Violence under Florida Law

Florida Statute 741.28(2) defines Domestic Violence as:

“…any assault, aggravated assault, battery,… or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member…”

To better understand what constitutes a battery, Florida Statute 784.03(1)(a)(1) defines Battery as:

“The offense of battery occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other.”

In essence, what this means is that you could do something as simple and harmless as grabbing someone’s arm to get their attention and end up with a Domestic Violence charge.

Most Domestic Violence cases in Destin are a first degree misdemeanor and are punishable by up to a year in jail. There are special circumstances that will move the charge up from a misdemeanor to a felony, such as:

(1) Multiple Domestic Violence arrests;
(2) Domestic Violence by Strangulation; and
(3) Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Female

Important things to remember after being arrested for Domestic Violence in Destin

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense, it is imperative that you find a committed lawyer to fight for your rights and defend you in court. I have been defending Destin Domestic Violence cases for well over a decade. We are available day or night, and are ready to be there for you.

  • Domestic Violence cases are not taken lightly by the State. Schedule an appointment with an experienced defense attorney right away. It could make an impact on what charges against you are filed.
  • If there is a No Contact Order in place between you and the alleged victim, do not violate this. If you do, you will land back in jail until the end of your case. Contact me at (850) 243-6097 to discuss how we can help get the No Contact Order lifted or modified so you can return home.
  • There is hope. With a professional Domestic Violence lawyer by your side, your case could be dismissed. I will do everything in my power to ensure that happens.

What are the benefits of hiring a Destin Domestic Violence Lawyer?

I will build a personal profile about you and show the prosecutor who you are as a person, while at the same time exposing the flaws and weaknesses in their case. I will look at all of the evidence against you and develop an effective defense strategy to use at trial if the prosecutor won’t do the right thing and dismiss the case. My paralegals, Brandy and Brittni, will work with the alleged victim. With this approach, I have had over 16 years of success defending Domestic Violence cases in Destin, Florida. We will not judge you, or characterize you as criminal for this unfortunate situation you are in. It is our mission to help you put your life back together and move on without a Domestic Violence conviction on your record.

What are some possible results for a Destin Domestic Violence case?

The good news is that even though you have been arrested for Domestic Violence, it does not have to stay on your record forever. Our goal is to get your case dismissed. Whether that be through an outright dismissal or a deferred prosecution program, we will work to have your Destin Domestic Violence charge thrown out. If we are able to get your case dismissed, and you are otherwise eligible, we can proceed with a record expungement that will erase this completely from your record so that you can put this nightmare behind you for good.

If you have been arrested for Domestic Violence in Destin and you are ready to see what my team and I can do for you, contact Flaherty Defense Firm. We will get you in for a free consultation to discuss your case in detail. We will explain all of your options and let you know what we can do for you. Take the next step and call us at (850)243-6097 right away.

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