Expunging a Domestic Violence Charge in Florida
What is a Domestic Violence Charge
Domestic violence is a serious offense under the law and can have a devastating impact upon your current and future career.
Domestic Violence is a broad term and includes multiple offenses such as:
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated battery
- False Imprisonment
- Sexual Harassment
Being an alleged offender in a domestic violence case can result in uncomfortable pressure on you and your loved ones. The embarrassment of the charge alone, regardless of guilt or innocence, can stay with you for a long time. If you have the charges dropped, there is a way to expunge your offense, so you can slowly get back to a normal life and start to make a change for yourself.
According to the Florida Statute, Domestic Violence means:
- (1) “Department” means the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
- (2) “Domestic violence” means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
- (3) “Family or household member” means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.
Can I Get My Domestic Violence Charge Expunged
If you are fortunate enough to get your domestic violence battery, assault, etc. charge dropped there is a chance to get your domestic violence charge expunged. It is important to understand that you must have the charge dropped and no other convictions on your record.
The expungement statute in the State of Florida can assist you to get your life back, so you can seek a positive outcome for your future.