Domestic violence has become a hot topic in our society, having risen in public consciousness due to highly publicized cases. If police receive any hint that spousal abuse or violence may be involved in a domestic dispute, they will make an arrest. Once law enforcement actions have begun, they are hard to stop. Many cases proceed to trial whether a complainant wants the case to continue or not. If you have been accused of or charged with domestic violence in Orlando, you need experienced help.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is known by many different names, such as domestic abuse, spousal abuse and family violence. Whether it occurs between a married couple or unmarried couple, parents and children or other family members, domestic violence does not have to be something that is ongoing. According to Florida law, even one action can constitute domestic violence.

Domestic violence is defined as any criminal action that results in the physical injury to or death of a family/household member by another family/household member. This is a term that encompasses many different types of specific crimes, including:

  • Battery and aggravated battery
  • Assault and aggravated assault
  • Violation of domestic violence injunctions (restraining orders)
  • Kidnapping and false imprisonment
  • Harassment
  • Stalking and aggravated stalking
  • Sex offenses (such as battery and rape)

Penalties For Domestic Violence

If charged with domestic violence, assault and battery, or spousal abuse in Florida, you could face the following:

  • Mandatory counseling
  • Mandatory jail time
  • No contact with the victim/spouse or your children
  • Fines and court costs
  • Community service
  • Batterer's intervention program
  • Anger management class
  • Mandatory incarceration if convicted
  • No return to your residence
  • Probation

The specific consequences for domestic violence charges are dependent on the level of the charge you are facing. Below are some of the general penalties imposed per degree of charge, and whether or not it is a misdemeanor:


  • Second degree: Up to 60 days in jail and a monetary fine of up to $500
  • First degree: Up to one year in jail and a monetary fine of up to $1,000


  • Third degree: Up to five years in jail and monetary fines up to $5,000
  • Second degree: Up to 15 years in prison and monetary fines up to $10,000

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