If you are convicted of domestic violence, you receive either a misdemeanor conviction or a felony conviction, each of which come with their own set of consequences. With a misdemeanor conviction, you may be looking at hefty fines, up to one year in jail, probation, and community service. Felony convictions are much more severe: You could face more prison time, probation, parole, and a restriction of certain everyday rights, such as the right to vote.
Whether or not you are found guilty, being charged with domestic violence in Florida can certainly have a great impact on your day-to-day life. If you are released on bond, for example, the state may prohibit you from having any contact with the alleged victim, either in person or through mutual acquaintances. Violating this requirement could send you right back to jail. But maintaining no contact could make daily life a challenge for you under certain circumstances, especially when you and the alleged victim share a residence, have a child together, when you share finances, or when you and the alleged victim simply have no hard feelings toward each other.
If you are facing a domestic violence charge, a qualified lawyer can protect your legal rights and preserve the quality of your everyday life. For an initial consultation in St. Augustine and St. Johns County, call the experienced St. Augustine domestic violence attorneys at Canan Law today.