Domestic violence has never been a hotter topic in society than it is today. It continues to capture the headlines amongst high profile figures in the sports and entertainment industry. At the Bradenton-Sarasota law firm of Mulock Flynn Law, our criminal law attorneys have handled thousands of domestic violence cases in Manatee and Sarasota County combined for over 50 years of experience. We understand the investigative process used by the State Attorney Offices in evaluating domestic battery claims and whether or not they will choose to file charges.
When accused of or arrested for domestic battery, your life can be brought to a screeching halt. There are statutory restrictions placed on individuals arrested for domestic violence in which a Judge is forced to place a restraining order against you for the protection of the alleged victim, regardless if you and the alleged victim share the same residence. Further, even if you are the only owner listed on the title or deed, you may not be able to return to your home until the case is finalized or the judge orders a modification of the restraining order. This can have a significant impact on your job, your loved ones, the ability to see your kids, and may serve as a financial hardship to you and your family. It is frightening to realize how quickly your legal rights and privileges can be taken away from you.
Due to the volume of cases, the State Attorney Office needs sufficient time to investigate each claim and unfortunately, the process can sometimes take upwards of a month or longer. And even if you are innocent, you will not be permitted to have any contact with the alleged victim. If you do, you are in violation of the Judge’s order and subject to arrest and additional charges. Further, by simply taking a guilty plea, there are additional statutory consequences that you may not be aware of without the advice of counsel.
It is only natural that spouses and family members get in occasional arguments and fights. Allow our attorneys at the Bradenton-Sarasota law firm of Mulock Flynn Law to help ensure that your dispute is left at that. As former prosecutors in Manatee and Sarasota County, the Mulock Flynn Law attorneys can help guide you through the domestic violence process in efforts to seek an expedited and just resolution.
Call Mulock Flynn Law today at 941-748-2104 to set up an appointment at our Bradenton office with one of our experienced, dedicated criminal law attorneys. Let us put our experience and skills to work for you.