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Domestic Violence Destroys Lives

By Julia Kefalinos |

The shock of violence is staggering. Relationships that may have started out blissfully sometimes take a dramatic turn to darkness, leaving victims unsure how to protect themselves emotionally, mentally, and physically. Victims often question their own responsibility for the violence, blaming themselves for not being “enough.” Whether violence is new to your relationship or… Read More »

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The Importance of Asserting Your Legal Rights in a Domestic Violence Injunction Proceeding

By Julia Kefalinos |

In Florida, a court may issue a domestic violence injunction upon the petition of a “family or household member” of the subject. Of course, the subject still has certain due process rights that must be observed. For instance, the subject is entitled to a hearing before the court issues any permanent injunction. Appeals Court… Read More »

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Is It Domestic Violence If My Brother Steals My Cat?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence injunction is a specific kind of legal tool. It is designed by the Florida legislature to protect individuals who have already been the victims of violence, or who have “reasonable cause” to believe they are in “imminent danger” of such violence. It is not, however, something to be deployed against a… Read More »

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Domestic Violence Accusations and Child Custody Battles

By Julia Kefalinos |

It is not uncommon for one parent, locked in the heat of a child custody battle, to accuse the other parent of domestic violence. That is why there are laws and procedures in place to adjudicate such allegations. Unfortunately, there are cases where the accusing parent may not accept the court’s decision and attempts… Read More »

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How a Domestic Violence Arrest Can Affect Your Probation–Even Decades Later

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence arrest can have serious ramifications if you are already serving probation for a prior criminal offense. Indeed, if convicted, a domestic violence charge can provide sufficient grounds for a judge to revoke your parole and send you to jail. And Florida prosecutors are always quick to jump on any chance to… Read More »

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Can I Lose My Right to Own a Firearm Over a Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charge?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are charged with domestic violence, you might think pleading guilty to a misdemeanor will make things easier for you. But in many cases just the opposite is true. Even a misdemeanor conviction can affect your civil rights in critical ways–and possibly lead to additional criminal charges down the line. Judge: “Civil Rights… Read More »

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How Mental Illness Can Affect Domestic Violence

By Julia Kefalinos |

There’s a common misconception that domestic violence is always the product of an inherently abusive person determined to control the victim at all costs. In fact, many people accused of domestic violence are suffering from a mental health disorder that may affect their ability to properly socialize with others. This does not excuse abusive… Read More »

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Can a Judge Revoke My Probation for a Domestic Violence Allegation Even if the Accuser Recants?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence charge can wreak havoc with your life, especially if you are currently on probation for a prior criminal conviction. Judges can–and will–revoke probation if there is evidence to support a domestic violence allegation. And unlike a normal criminal trial where the government must prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” in a… Read More »

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Can I Sue Someone Who Falsely Accuses Me of Domestic Violence?

By Julia Kefalinos |

There are multiple reasons why someone might file a false domestic violence report. For example, in the midst of a hotly contested divorce or child custody battle, one parent might think they can gain the “upper hand” by accusing the other of abuse. Or perhaps one partner is an undocumented immigrant and the other… Read More »

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Can an Out-of-State Domestic Violence Order Affect My Florida Parental Rights?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Child custody disputes often turn nasty in Florida. In many cases, one parent will accuse the other of domestic violence in order to try and gain the upper hand in a custody battle. There’s a good reason to employ such tactics: Because they work. Florida law generally presumes that both parents should share custody… Read More »

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