Orlando Domestic Violence Attorney

Domestic Violence Lawyer, Florida Domestic Battery Defense

Domestic violence charges are strictly enforced and aggressively prosecuted under Florida law. Hiring an experienced domestic violence lawyer is essential to safeguard your rights, establish a strong defense and immediately start negotiating with your prosecutor before formal domestic violence charges are filed against you. We have defended hundreds of domestic violence battery cases. Once hired, we will:

  1. Collect and review all written statements, photographs and 911 calls;
  2. Find flaw’s in the police officer’s investigation;
  3. Identify all possible defenses;
  4. Immediately start negotiating with the prosecutor not to file formal charges, and
  5. Do whatever is necessary to avoid a domestic violence conviction.

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Personalized Domestic Battery Representation

Bryce Fetter is an experienced domestic violence lawyer who will personally handle all aspects of your case. You will be able to contact Bryce Fetter by phone, text or email at anytime with questions about your case. Your case will never be handed to a less experienced attorney as Bryce Fetter fer is the only attorney that will meet with you, return your phone calls or attend court with you throughout your entire case. Your domestic battery case will get Bryce Fetter’s full attention.

Modifying Your Bond Conditions

If you have been prohibited from returning home, having contact with the reported victim or were court ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet, you can ask the court to remove any of these bond conditions. Bond modifications are sought on an expedited basis.  The filing of a motion to modify bond conditions, a formal court hearing and sworn testimony from the reported victim is necessary for these bond conditions to be removed.

Dropping Charges & Sworn Declination of Prosecution

The reported victim can not drop the charges in your case. The decision to file charges or drop charges rests solely with the State Attorney’s Office. In many cases the State Attorney’s Office will proceed against you with domestic violence charges even without a willing victim. However if you have a strong case, no independent witnesses, a clean record or an an unwilling victim, then we can use these factors to influence the prosecutor’s filing decision. Often times we will have the reported victim write a formal, sworn declination of prosecution to document the errors in the police report and his or her lack of desire to cooperate with the prosecution of the case.

Pretrial Diversion for Domestic Violence Charges

Pre-trial diversion (PTD), often just called diversion, is a voluntary program offered by the State Attorney’s Office for the charge of domestic violence. Diversion for domestic violence is called the batterer’s diversion program (BDP). BDP is 9-12 months long and includes a mandatory 26-week-counseling program. Depending on your lack of prior record and the facts of your case, you may qualify for this diversionary program. Approval for diversion is a 60-90 day process that Orange County domeestic violence lawyer Bryce Fetter can pursue on your behalf. If you are approved, admitted to and complete a diversion program, the State Attorney’s Office will drop your domestic violence charges.

Domestic Battery Penalties under Florida Law

A conviction for domestic violence will result in a permanent criminal record with an assortment of criminal sanctions that can include:

  • One-year in jail;
  • A mandatory term of one-year of probation;
  • Community service;
  • Fines, costs of prosecution, costs of investigation, court costs;
  • A 26-week batterer’s intervention counseling program;
  • A court ordered no-contact provision with the reported victim, and
  • A permanent court ordered no-return provision to your residence.

Orange County Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you were recently arrested or charged with any Florida criminal offense, please call our Orange County domestic violence lawyer at 407-740-7275 to discuss your options. We offer a free consultation so that we can learn about you, learn about your case and determine how we can help.

Domestic Violence Lawyer, Florida Domestic Battery Defense

Domestic violence charges are strictly enforced and aggressively prosecuted under Florida law. Hiring an experienced domestic violence lawyer is essential to safeguard your rights, establish a strong defense and immediately start negotiating with your prosecutor before formal domestic violence charges are filed against you. We have defended hundreds of domestic violence battery cases. Once hired, we will:

  1. Collect and review all written statements, photographs and 911 calls;
  2. Find flaw’s in the police officer’s investigation;
  3. Identify all possible defenses;
  4. Immediately start negotiating with the prosecutor not to file formal charges, and
  5. Do whatever is necessary to avoid a domestic violence conviction.

interior luxury kitchen estate home

Personalized Domestic Battery Representation

Bryce Fetter is an experienced domestic violence lawyer who will personally handle all aspects of your case. You will be able to contact Bryce Fetter by phone, text or email at anytime with questions about your case. Your case will never be handed to a less experienced attorney as Bryce Fetter fer is the only attorney that will meet with you, return your phone calls or attend court with you throughout your entire case. Your domestic battery case will get Bryce Fetter’s full attention.

Modifying Your Bond Conditions

If you have been prohibited from returning home, having contact with the reported victim or were court ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet, you can ask the court to remove any of these bond conditions. Bond modifications are sought on an expedited basis.  The filing of a motion to modify bond conditions, a formal court hearing and sworn testimony from the reported victim is necessary for these bond conditions to be removed.

Dropping Charges & Sworn Declination of Prosecution

The reported victim can not drop the charges in your case. The decision to file charges or drop charges rests solely with the State Attorney’s Office. In many cases the State Attorney’s Office will proceed against you with domestic violence charges even without a willing victim. However if you have a strong case, no independent witnesses, a clean record or an an unwilling victim, then we can use these factors to influence the prosecutor’s filing decision. Often times we will have the reported victim write a formal, sworn declination of prosecution to document the errors in the police report and his or her lack of desire to cooperate with the prosecution of the case.

Florida Domestic Violence Laws and Definitions

Florida Statute 741.28 defines the following two terms:

Domestic violence

Domestic violence as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member (Fla. Stat. 741.28).

Family or household member

A family or household member is defined as spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit (Fla. Stat. 741.28).

Minimum term of imprisonment for domestic violence

If a person is adjudicated guilty of a crime of domestic violence, as defined in Florida Statute 741.28, and the person has intentionally caused bodily harm to another person, the court shall order the person to serve a minimum of 5 days in the county jail as part of the sentence imposed, unless the court sentences the person to a nonsuspended period of incarceration in a state correctional facility. This section does not preclude the court from sentencing the person to probation, community control, or an additional period of incarceration (Fla. Stat. 741.283).

Dating Violence

Dating violence is an act of violence between people who have or have had, within the last six months, a significant relationship that is of a romantic or intimate nature (Fla. Stat. § 784.046).

Pretrial Diversion for Domestic Violence Charges

Pre-trial diversion (PTD), often just called diversion, is a voluntary program offered by the State Attorney’s Office for the charge of domestic violence. Diversion for domestic violence is called the batterer’s diversion program (BDP). BDP is 9-12 months long and includes a mandatory 26-week-counseling program. Depending on your lack of prior record and the facts of your case, you may qualify for this diversionary program. Approval for diversion is a 60-90 day process that Orange County domeestic violence lawyer Bryce Fetter can pursue on your behalf. If you are approved, admitted to and complete a diversion program, the State Attorney’s Office will drop your domestic violence charges.

Domestic Battery Penalties under Florida Law

A conviction for domestic violence will result in a permanent criminal record with an assortment of criminal sanctions that can include:

  • One-year in jail;
  • A mandatory term of one-year of probation;
  • Community service;
  • Fines, costs of prosecution, costs of investigation, court costs;
  • A 26-week batterer’s intervention counseling program;
  • A court ordered no-contact provision with the reported victim, and
  • A permanent court ordered no-return provision to your residence.

Orange County Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you were recently arrested or charged with any Florida criminal offense, please call our Orange County domestic violence lawyer at 407-740-7275 to discuss your options. We offer a free consultation so that we can learn about you, learn about your case and determine how we can help.

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