In Florida, domestic violence battery is a misdemeanor criminal offense punishable by up to one (1) year in jail and a fine of up to $1000. There are also several other felony crimes of domestic violence, including domestic violence battery by strangulation.
What many people do not realize is that a conviction for any crime of domestic violence prohibits that individual from owning a firearm FOR THE REST OF HIS OR HER LIFETIME.
This is not based upon a Florida law, but rather a federal statute known as the Lautenberg Act. A violation of this statute is a federal crime punishable by up to ten (10) years in federal prison.
If you are facing a domestic violence charge it is important that you do not simply plead guilty or no contest. This would result in a conviction for domestic violence and result in you losing your right to own a firearm. Instead, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who handles domestic violence cases. He or she may be able to help you avoid a conviction and therefore maintain your right to own a weapon in the State of Florida.