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Is Domestic Violence Always a Felony?

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

September 2, 2022

Few types of accusations hold the same level of severity as domestic violence accusations. If those accusations turn into criminal charges, you may be concerned that you are automatically facing a felony conviction. Let’s go over whether or not domestic violence is always a felony in the state of Florida.

Degrees of Domestic Violence Charges in Florida

If you are charged with domestic violence, you can face either misdemeanor or felony charges. The circumstances of the alleged offense will determine the classification of the crime.

Individuals who are accused of domestic violence could be charged with:

  • Simple assault
  • Battery
  • Stalking
  • Strangulation
  • Sexual battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • False imprisonment
  • Kidnapping

The majority of these offenses will result in felony charges. However, some, like simple assault, can be domestic violence misdemeanors.

Generally, if there is physical contact and the alleged victim suffers an injury, there is a greater chance that the incident will result in felony charges.

How A Domestic Violence Conviction Affects Life in Florida

Whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence crime, the consequences are serious.

A criminal domestic violence conviction can:

  • Result in criminal penalties like jail time, fines, probation, and more
  • Make it difficult for you to find a job
  • Cause you to be rejected as a tenant.
  • Affect your personal relationships
  • Cause you to lose your gun rights

If you have recently been accused of violence toward a romantic partner, you need to take action right away. The first thing you should do is contact a defense attorney. Combating domestic violence accusations is difficult, as most people are inclined to immediately believe and side with the alleged victim.

Miami Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers

Our team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. knows what it takes to win a domestic violence case, and we can help you. You can reach us online or at (305) 330-1360. Don’t delay; get started on your defense as soon as possible.