Expunging a Domestic Violence Charge

Domestic Violence Battery charges is a very serious matter. In Florida, domestic violence refers to any criminal offense that results in physical injury to or death of a family or household member that is caused by a member of the victim’s family or household. These charges can carry up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine, along with mandatory counseling. Employers who are looking for people to fill positions are very leery of people who have been arrested for domestic violence charges. This is because they’re concerned about workplace violence and employer liability.

There is also a social stigma that is attached to domestic charges. Because the age of the Internet, people have easy access to public information; it can be difficult for someone to succeed on both professional and personal levels if their charges are plastered on different web resources. Even some dating sites are beginning to screen for domestic violence charges.

What is particularly troublesome is the fact that many individuals who get charged with domestic violence end up having those charges dropped because the evidence was fabricated, or the charge resulted from a misunderstanding. Regardless, most employers will not look beyond the charge to determine what really happened. If you’re able to expunge the charge, you are going to want to try to do so in most cases.

Who is Eligible to Expunge a Domestic Violence Charge?

It’s important to know that the plea you enter for a domestic violence charge becomes public record. To be eligible for an expungement, you must not enter a plea of “no contest” or “guilty.” In addition, a domestic violence battery charge will only be expunged if the charge against you is dropped. For the best chance of receiving this outcome, you are advised to hire a criminal defense lawyer in Orlando who has experience fighting such charges.

How Can an Attorney Fight Domestic Violence Charges?

A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can work with the prosecution to place you in a diversion program. Completing this program along with domestic violence counseling can lead to dropped charges.

You can expunge your Battery Charge if you got the charge dismissed, dropped, or got a Nolle Prosequi. The important thing to remember is that you got the charge dropped. You must also have no other convictions or adjudications on your record at the time you apply for the expungement of your records.

You want to make sure that if you were arrested for a Domestic Violence Battery that you hire a criminal defense attorney to fight the charges and seek a dismissal or dropping of the charges. If you pled no contest or guilty to the Domestic Violence charge of battery you will not be able to expunge or seal your charge. Take a look at the expungement statute and read the exceptions yourself before you ever enter a plea to the charge. If you want guidance on how to expunge your records, call The Umansky Law Firm at 407-228-3838 or contact us online.

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