I am Your Miami Domestic Violence Lawyer!

Miami Domestic Violence Lawyer

We can help!  I am your Miami Domestic Violence Lawyer.  If you are arrested for a domestic violence crime, were served with a domestic violence injunction, or are a victim in need of the Court’s protection, I can help.

Most people believe the law is fair, that is not the case when it comes to domestic violence.  In every domestic violence case, you start behind the eightball.  Furthermore, Florida law is tough on domestic violence.  Lastly, most police departments have a “pro-arrest” policy for domestic violence calls and must arrest if domestic violence is present.

For example, your spouse calls the police and says you hit her.  When the police arrive, your spouse shows them a red mark on her arm.  Guess what?  You might be going to jail!  That is all it takes.  The police must arrest when domestic violence is present.  

Domestic violence cases come in two flavors, criminal and civil.

Criminal cases come in two additional flavors of felonies and misdemeanors.

So what exactly is domestic violence?

  • Punching
  • Hitting
  • Slapping
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Bitting
  • Kicking
  • Restraining
  • Stalking
  • Threatening
  • Intimidating
  • and a lot more
Are you involved in a domestic violence case?  Click here, tell us about your case and see how we can help you!

Domestic violence cases are aggressively prosecuted!

Did you know that Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties all have special units to prosecute domestic violence cases?  Additionally, if you have a prior domestic battery conviction, your second arrest will be charged as a felony.  Similarly, a domestic violence conviction can affect your ability to obtain housing, employment, professional licensing and a host of other lifelong consequences.

Florida Police Departments have Pro-Arrest Policies.  Officers must make an arrest in domestic violence cases.
Police Departments are Required to make DV arrests

Florida law allows the State Attorney to prosecute you without the victim’s consent.  In other words, even when the victim wants to drop all charges, they can and will still prosecute you.  

Civil Injunctions and Restraining Orders:

Injunctions and restraining orders for protection from domestic violence are available to all victims.  Likewise, they are easy to get, and only the victim’s statement is required.  In other words, you do not get a say before filing.  Furthermore, an injunction can affect your time sharing and visitation with your children.

As you can see, domestic violence laws are complex and require an experienced domestic violence lawyer to protect your rights and your future.

I am your Miami Domestic Violence Lawyer!

In another life, before becoming a lawyer, I was a Miami-Dade Police Officer.  On many occasions, I arrested defendants accused of domestic violence crimes, investigated claims of domestic violence, and helped many victims of domestic violence get protection.  

As a lawyer, I have represented those charged with domestic violence, defended those served with injunctions and helped many victims obtain injunctions for protection.  To put it another way,  I know domestic violence laws and investigations from both sides of the legal sphere.  Finally, allow me to put my experience to work for you in your domestic violence case.  I am, after all, Your Miami Domestic Violence Lawyer!

However, I also realize, sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes police officers are a little too eager to make arrests in domestic violence cases because of their department’s pro-arrest policies. Also, I recognize that when the police are at someone’s home asking pointed questions about a crime, people feel the need to explain themselves. Often, this is the time when most people talk themselves into being arrested. When accused of a crime, you must keep your mouth shut and not speak about it to the police. Demand a lawyer before making any statements to the police. Under no circumstances, sign a waiver of your rights.

Stand Your Ground Immunity fro Cops

Further, never, ever try to represent yourself in a domestic violence case. I can promise you that it will turn out badly for you. I always try to speak to the arresting officers; many tell me that did not have enough to arrest until the defendant gave them a statement. Said another way, do not talk yourself into handcuffs.

Our Domestic Violence Articles:

Child Abuse and Neglect in Family Law Cases

The NFL and Domestic Violence

WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU’RE EVER ARRESTED IN FLORIDA—A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Stalking and Domestic Violence

Children and Domestic Violence

How to File for a Domestic Violence Injunction

Our videos on Domestic Violence:

DV Arraignments: What are they?
Taking Your Kids to Family or DV Court
Served with a Lawsuit or injunction? What to do next.
My Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence in 90 Seconds!
Last Minute Domestic Violence cases
Domestic Violence goes up during holidays
No holiday slow down in Domestic Violence
Never, ever represent yourself in a DV case
Depositions in Domestic Violence cases

Domestic Violence Resources:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Miami-Dade Domestic Violence Assistance

Domestic Violence Resource Center

Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts – Domestic Violence

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Safety Plan Worksheet

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Our Blog contains several informative articles on Domestic Violence.

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