Tampa Domestic Violence Lawyer
Being charged with domestic violence can not only result in a jail sentence and other penalties, but you could also be subject to civil restraining orders that remove you from your home and prohibit you from having contact with your loved ones. In addition, a criminal record including domestic violence can adversely affect your future in a variety of ways.
Domestic violence charges should be taken seriously. Tampa domestic violence lawyer Donald C. Barrett, a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in criminal law as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, knows that domestic violence allegations are often the result of angry domestic disputes, misunderstandings, mutual fights or false allegations. If you are facing domestic violence charges in the Tampa Bay area, contact Donald C. Barrett, P.A. for immediate assistance.
What is domestic violence?
Under Florida law, domestic violence is defined as any of the below-listed offenses or any criminal offense which causes physical injury or death and is committed by a family or household member on a member of the family or household. This includes spouses and former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, people living together as a family or who previously lived together as a family, and co-parents, regardless of whether they were ever married or lived together. Domestic violence can involve either a misdemeanor or felony offense; typically charges of domestic violence involve one of the following underlying offenses:
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Aggravated Stalking
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- False Imprisonment
Civil Restraining Orders
Officially called an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence in Florida, a restraining order is a court order keeping an alleged offender away from an alleged victim of domestic violence. Emergency orders can be obtained ex parte, which means you can become the subject of a temporary restraining order without any prior notice or ability to defend yourself. However, before a judge can impose a long-term or permanent restraining order, you are entitled to attend a hearing to challenge the injunction petition, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney at this hearing.
Judges have wide discretion when fashioning restraining orders and deciding what to include in them. Restraining orders can typically do any of the following:
- Order you to move out of the home
- Order you to stay away from certain individuals and not have any contact with them
- Limit or prohibit contact with your children
- Turn over any firearms
- Attend counseling, anger management therapy, or alcohol/drug treatment
How Tampa Defense Attorney Donald C. Barrett can Help
Attorney Donald C. Barrett can represent you and defend you against any criminal charges, including violent crimes or sex offenses, underlying the domestic violence charge. He can also represent you in a restraining order hearing to help you avoid the most serious consequences of a domestic violence charge.
Get Immediate Help with Tampa Domestic Violence Charges
If you are facing charges of domestic violence in Tampa, act quickly to preserve and assert your rights and obtain the best outcome available. Call Donald C. Barrett, P.A. at 813-280-1201 for a no-cost, confidential consultation with a seasoned and dedicated Tampa domestic violence lawyer.