Accused of Domestic Violence in Tampa?
Work with Our Experienced Tampa Family Law Lawyer
Accusations of domestic violence are serious and can have significant implications
on a family. In Florida, the law defines domestic violence as assault,
battery, sexual abuse, stalking, or kidnapping by one household or family
member against another that causes injury or death. Domestic violence
can occur between spouses, parents and children, or partners living in
the same home.
Unfortunately, it has been discovered that people often make false allegations
against the other party for various reasons, such as:
- Possession of the family residence
- To limit the other parent's access to children
Those who have been accused of domestic violence have rights. As an experienced
attorney, I can help those who need to have their rights protected. Catherine
W. Real, P.A. is a dedicated law firm that will help you protect your
right to see your children. If you are accused of domestic violence, Attorney
Real can investigate the claim of the accused and combat any false accusations.
Domestic Violence & Child Custody
Domestic violence can dramatically affect a
child custody case in Florida. Florida laws are created to protect children, and family
law courts are required to make all custody decisions in the best interests
of the child involved. If a parent is considered abusive, chances are
that the court won't allow that adult to be the physical or legal
custodian of the child. The court evaluates the following characteristics
when determining whether or not that parent should have partial or full custody:
- Parent's character
- Parenting abilities
- Relationship with the child
Prepare for Two Different Court Cases
When a party is accused of domestic violence, the case will typically be
dealt with on two legal fronts. The defendant may be taken to criminal
court. In addition to the criminal proceeding, the case may be handled
in a family court. If a parent is abusive, children may be placed in another
home where they will be safer. Also, a spouse may want to take out a restraining
order against his or her spouse so that the abusive individual will not
continue to come over and be a threat to the family.
Help for Victims from Our Tampa Domestic Violence Attorney
We also assist those who are victims of domestic violence. If domestic
violence has occurred in a home, the victim or a witness should call 911
immediately. After this, you may be able to get an injunction for protection
against domestic violence from your county circuit court. The injunction
is a court order that demands that an abuser cease all violence and threats
against you. If he or she does not comply, then he or she risks going to jail.
If you are dealing with a domestic violence issue, don't fight alone.
the firm today to get a
Tampa family law attorney
on your side.