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Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
West Palm Beach Domestic Battery Lawyer
One of the most common crimes charged in West Palm Beach and all throughout Florida is domestic battery. From my experience as a board certified criminal trial lawyer, there are more false allegations of domestic battery than perhaps any other crime. There is almost always a motive for the accuser to lie. For instance, money, greed, jealousy, hatred, and vindictiveness may all play a part.
The government must prove beyond every reasonable doubt that you actually and intentionally touched or struck somebody and it was against their will and that you lived with them at some point. Domestic battery is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. As an assistant public defender, I was the chief assistant public defender of the domestic battery division in Palm Beach County in 2002. There, I handled several hundred domestic battery, assault, stalking and violation of injunction cases. I am currently the President-Elect of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Palm Beach chapter.
There are defenses to a domestic battery charge. One valid defense is “I didn’t meant to hit her.” A note on the emphasis of the word “her.” Domestic batter is a gender-biased crime. More often than not, the guy is the one who gets arrested. That doesn’t make it right. That’s just the way it is. If there’s a 911 call for domestic battery, somebody is going to jail.
Other defenses include self defense, defense of others, and defense of property. A conviction for any kind of battery including domestic battery, can cause you to lose your job, reputation, and your concealed weapons permit if you have one. It can also keep you from getting a concealed weapons permit down the road. If you are convicted of domestic battery, you are not eligible to get your case sealed or expunged.
DOMESTIC BATTERY – Not Guilty after Jury Trial based on Self-Defense
The client had an argument with her husband. She told him a hit man from Chicago was going to “snuff him out.” She also complained that he doesn’t have sex with her. Her son tried to intervene. She grabbed her son by the arm so she could continue to argue and threaten her husband. She caused abrasions to her son’s forearms. Initially, the client was arrested for child abuse on her son, a felony, and domestic battery on her husband. When the client grabbed her son, her husband intervened. The client hit and scratched her husband, injuring him. He had lacerations to his left cheek, neck, left forearm and hand. The client denied anything occurred. At trial, the defense was self-defense. Her husband grabbed her first and she fought back. You have the right to defend yourself. The jury agreed.
DOMESTIC BATTERY – Not Guilty after Jury Trial
The accuser’s side of the story: She told my client she was breaking up with him. They argued. He told her they were “going to die tonight.” This was a classic reference to the “if I can’t have you, nobody will have you” argument. He was driving fast and wouldn’t let her out of the car. She tried to get out. He went crazy when she said she was leaving him. She eventually got out and ran with her daughter. She called 911. He slammed the phone down to the ground. He hit her on the face by the right ear and her chest area. It is undisputed that she had redness and a scratch mark on her body when police arrived. At trial, the defense was self-defense. Yes, she had marks, but she was the aggressor. Domestic battery is a gender-biased crime. It seems the guy almost always goes to jail. However, the jury found him not guilty.
DOMESTIC BATTERY – Not Guilty after Trial
My client was the son of a famous jazz drummer who played with John Coltrane. I love jazz, so this was an honor to defend him. The allegation was he hit his wife on her right arm with a cane and knocked her into the counter. He did push her away in self-defense. She picked up a phone and tried to hit him with it. The theme of the case was this is a he said, she said, with no visible injuries. He used reasonable force to defend himself.
If you or a loved one are facing domestic battery charges and need a Florida criminal domestic battery charge attorney, call me.
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West Palm Beach Domestic Battery Lawyer
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I represent clients charged with domestic battery, domestic assault, domestic aggravated battery, violation of injunctions from domestic battery cases, in West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Martin County, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, and all federal courts throughout the United States of America.
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