Domestic Violence is a serious issue. The news media routinely reports on allegations of domestic violence that have been made against professional football players, famous athletes or actors. The public becomes outraged and decides the one charged must be guilty without waiting for a trial or resolution of the issue.

There generally are serious consequences to being charged even before a determination as to whether the allegations are true or false. The reputation of those who are charged suffers. They may lose their jobs or suffer problems with child custody and visitation if they are divorced or in the process of getting a divorce. If you are arrested , restraining orders may be issued and you may even be barred from visiting your own home and having any contact with your children. If you are convicted of criminal charges, you may go to prison and face a high fine.

When the penalties are so severe, you owe it to yourself to seek the services of a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer who will thoroughly investigate the case and provide you with the best possible defense. Things are not always what they seem and there are defenses to domestic violence charges.

False Allegations Were Made During a Contentious Divorce

Unfortunately, thousands of wrongful domestic violence allegations are brought every year during contentious divorce proceedings. Some reasons for false charges include:

  • Your spouse or ex-spouse wants to gain leverage in custody hearings.
  • Your spouse has mental health, alcohol or drug abuse issues resulting in making up stories or even causing memory or false memory problems.
  • Your spouse wants to be viewed as a victim.
  • Revenge and jealousy.

Self Defense

If the other party was the aggressor, and you were defending yourself from an imminent threat of harm, or protecting your children from imminent threat of harm, you have an affirmative defense.

There is a Lack of the Required Proof to Support the Allegations

Your Jacksonville domestic violence lawyer will thoroughly investigate the case and obtain all police reports, photographs and witness statements. He will work to have charges dismissed due to lack of sufficient proof to support the charges.

If you are charged with Domestic Violence, contact us at the Law Office of James Davis, P.A. where you will find a Jacksonville defense attorney who has the experience and dedication you need to have on your side. We will work diligently in order for you to obtain the best possible outcome.