Domestic violence is a serious accusation, and if you’ve been arrested for or charged with domestic violence or battery, the first thing you will want to do is learn what comes next.
The experience can change your life and can lead to a permanent mark on your criminal record—it can have further repercussions, such as social alienation or job loss.
Stroleny Law, P.A. has represented many clients who have been accused of domestic violence. We hold true to our pledge to fight your allegations and to ensure you get representation from a top domestic violence lawyer in Miami. Our criminal attorney has dealt with many cases just like yours before and has the credentials to handle your case.
Here’s what you should know if you have been involved in a domestic violence arrest.
Facing Criminal Charges for Domestic Violence
Because domestic violence charges are taken seriously by the State Attorney’s Office, you will likely be facing criminal charges of domestic violence or battery if you have been arrested for either. Once you’ve been arrested, a criminal record is created in your name. The only way to erase this criminal record is to have your record sealed or expunged after your case is closed.
At your arraignment hearing, after you post bond, you’ll be asked to plead guilty, no contest, or not guilty—most people plead not guilty, giving them a chance to later defend against the allegation in court. It’s true that the majority of people do not attend this hearing without a criminal defense lawyer by their side.
You’ll need a Miami criminal defense attorney with the right experience and knowledge to appear in court on your behalf if you want the best possible outcome to these criminal allegations.
No Bond Without a First Appearance Hearing
Due to the seriousness of a domestic violence charge, those who are arrested for domestic violence are not usually offered a bond until they see a judge and an injunction is entered. This is the point where you want an experienced Miami domestic violence attorney to take charge and review your case before advising you on your next step.
Offering no bond to those accused of domestic violence before an injunction is entered by a judge is the system’s way of protecting the alleged victim.
Stroleny Law, P.A. has a knowledgeable lawyer on call who is happy to consult with you on the potential merits of your case and to represent your case in court on your behalf.
Stay Away Injunctions and Related Cases
As mentioned above, a common element of domestic violence and battery arrests is the almost unavoidable stay away order or domestic violence injunction that you will have to comply with. Although these orders can later be modified with the alleged victim’s consent, initially, you will not be allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim.
Many other cases might arise as a result of a domestic violence charge, including a counter-suit for personal injury in some instances or a divorce/child custody battle.
If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence or battery, you’ll want to hire a Miami criminal lawyer who also has the necessary background in dealing with criminal cases that have family court implications. You want a lawyer who understands your case and a lawyer who has successfully represented (and won) many cases like yours in criminal court.
We have an experienced lawyer standing by to assess your case. Get in touch via phone or e-mail, and we’ll set you up with a free consultation.
Stroleny Law, P.A. handles a variety of criminal law cases, so call now if you have any questions.