Domestic Violence Penalties in Florida

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence?

According to Florida law, a domestic violence conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five days in jail. The penalties for domestic violence vary, depending on the circumstances of the crime, the defendant's criminal history, and other factors. Common penalties include imprisonment, fines, probation, community service, and mandatory counseling – not to mention the social stigma associated with a domestic violence conviction. For repeat offenders, the court may enhance these penalties.

Florida Domestic Violence Laws

According to Florida law, domestic violence laws apply to family members (such as a child or spouse) and cohabitating persons (such as a roommate or significant other).

Some of the crimes that fall under this category include:

If domestic violence is charged with another offense, such as sexual assault, the defendant could face severe sentencing. Assault, for example, can be a second degree misdemeanor charge, while some instances of batter may be charged as a third degree felony.

The penalties for these crimes include:

The sentencing for these offenses can change if the victim had a restraining order or injunction against the defendant. To learn about the possible penalties associated with your case, speak with an attorney from Hager & Schwartz, P.A.


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