Domestic violence involves an act of abuse on a “family or household member. These are people considered as:
● Former spouses
● People related by blood or marriage
● People who are currently residing together as a family
● People who have resided together in the past as a family
● People who are the parents of a child in common (regardless of whether the parents have been married)
The crime happens when a “family or household member” acts against another “family or household member.” In Miami, it’s also defined as:
● Aggravated assault
● Sexual assault
● Aggravated stalking
● False imprisonment
● Any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death
Criminal charges relating to domestic violence is punishable by:
● Up to 5 years in prison
● Up to $5,000 fine
● Completion of a 26-week (BIP) Batterer’s Intervention
● 12 months of probation
● More community service hours
Aside from penalties, here’s how domestic violence charges can affect your life:
● It can impact your visitation rights to your child
● It gets difficult to find career opportunities
● You won’t be eligible for gun ownership
● You lose your voting rights– at least until you completed
all terms of your sentencing
● It gets harder to avail of housing options
Miami lawyer Orlando Rodriguez represents people facing criminal charges for domestic
violence. He began his legal career as a public defender in the Domestic Violence Courthouse, where he handled hundreds of cases. These types of allegations related to domestic violence require an understanding of, not only the legal consequences but also of the sensitive nature of the accusations. Our attorney can help you with it.
If you’re charged with a restraining order against you, Attorney Orlando Rodriguez can help. Civil Injunctions A.K.A. “restraining orders,” are requested by someone who is in fear of imminent danger at the hands of the respondent. Our attorney can help you counteract restraining orders as you move forward in your case.
Stay Away orders prohibit a defendant from contacting victims in the case directly or
indirectly. A Stay Away order lasts for as long as the criminal case exists. But it can also be
modified at the request of the victim to allow only non-violent contact. A Stay Away order lasts for as long as the criminal case exists. But it can also be modified at the request of the victim to allow only non-violent contact.
● You get better chances to still speak with your kids
● Minimized consequences for charges
● You get access to our domestic violence attorney’s 15+ years of experience
● Judges can force a respondent to attend 26 domestic violence classes over the course of 6 months
● You will surrender your firearms.
● Worst of all, it could really limit your ability to see your children.