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In Florida, when police receive a domestic disturbance call and arrive at the residence, they normally end up removing and/or arresting the husband, ex-husband, or boyfriend. In those cases where the boyfriend or ex-husband does not live at the residence, police usually make an arrest on domestic violence charges in order to diffuse a situation and prevent further problems or physical altercations. Whether you acted in self defense or did not even strike your ex-wife or girlfriend, police are trained to see the man as the aggressor and arrest him on domestic violence charges. At the Law offices of Schiller, Kessler & Gomez, our criminal defense lawyers act immediately to investigate what the facts surrounding the arrest, interview witnesses, and review police and medical reports. If you sustained physical injuries during the altercation with your significant other, we would refer you to a doctor in order to verify what happened and be able to hopefully enter your injuries into evidence.

DO NOT talk to police or offer statements to prosecutors until you speak to one of the attorneys at our office. With several former prosecutors on our team, we understand how these cases are handled by the State. We have insight into what needs to be done to have the charges reduced or dismissed by the prosecutor, and what can be done to minimize a sentence if you plead guilty to domestic violence charges.

If you are convicted for domestic assault or battery, this can create many problems in getting and maintaining a job. If you are convicted and the judge decides to impose a short jail sentence, convincing your employer to save your job while you are in jail could be difficult. If you can establish you acted in self-defense or that the allegations against you are false, the court will likely reduce the charges or dismiss them. As your attorney, we request medical records of you and the alleged victim. We also contact eyewitnesses and obtain copies of 911 logs or police calls. In many instances, a lack of physical injury or contradictory eyewitness testimony can persuade the court to dismiss the charges against you.

If there is little question of your guilt, it is essential that you prove to the court your willingness to address the issues that led to your arrest. Our attorneys refer clients to experienced counselors and alcohol and addiction programs that help them face and overcome personal problems that lead to violence. In many cases, an honest effort to confront addiction and anger problems will persuade the court to reduce the charges against you in exchange for probation or community service.

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