Florida Law defines domestic violence as 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. A family or household member is defined as 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.
Law enforcement officers are generally required to make an arrest in domestic violence cases. Often they will not consider all the evidence in an effort to reduce their own liability. If you or a loved one is arrested in Jacksonville, Florida for domestic violence, contact my office for a free consultation to help you determine what your options and defenses may be.