Assault Family Violence carries a number of unique consequences that are very serious.  For this reason, it is critical that you get a Board Certified Criminal Law Attorney to make sure your case is handled properly.

One of the biggest risks with family violence arrests is that the officer makes an inappropriate decision.  Many times, an assault didn’t even occur.  Other times, they arrest the wrong person.  The police rarely witness anything, so their arrest decision is based upon statements and observations.  A new trend is alleging strangulation, which enhances a misdemeanor to a Third Degree Felony, even if you have no priors.

Some of the negative consequences associated with Assault Family Violence cases that are not present with other types of crimes include:

    1. It can make it illegal to possess a firearm
    1. It can enhance subsequent offenses from a misdemeanor to a Third Degree Felony (2-10 year range of punishment).  Even a deferred adjudication will enhance if there is a Family Violence Finding
    1. You cannot seal a deferred adjudication probation, even if the case is dismissed.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for family violence, contact one of the Board Certified Criminal Law Attorneys at The Law Office Of Robert L. Buford.