During a divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to accuse another of domestic violence in an effort to influence the outcome of the settlement. A contentious divorce can also lead to arguments that can result in violence. Domestic violence can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony based on the facts of the case.
Even if the spouse that filed the reports changes their mind, the prosecution can still decide to move forward with the case. When criminal charges become a factor in a divorce hearing, it can result in considerable upset and turmoil. Depending on the severity of the accusations, a restraining order may be issued by the court to prevent the alleged abuser from having any further contact with their spouse or children.
If are seeking a divorce and have been accused of domestic violence, or are the victim of spousal abuse, contact a Tampa divorce attorney at Taracks & Associates for qualified legal representation. We have assisted many clients in domestic violence cases, and can give you valuable legal counsel regarding your situation.
Domestic violence is the physical, sexual, mental and/or emotional abuse of a family member, such as a spouse, child or parent. There are many different types of crimes that fall under the category of domestic violence, including rape and assault.
You can be charged with domestic violence for hitting, shoving, pushing, pulling hair, slapping, kicking and other physical acts. If the crime also involved the use of a deadly weapon or resulted in severe injuries, sentencing will be extremely harsh. Our attorneys are aggressive litigators that can discuss your legal options regarding domestic violence charge, and what steps to take regarding your case.