Florida Legal Issues in Domestic Violence Cases

The landscape of cases involving domestic violence has drastically changed in the last decade. Once, a matter of intra family resolution, these cases have now become a tremendous burden to the justice system. Prosecutor’s offices must now assign special prosecutors to these cases. Judges hand out tougher sentences to those convicted of these offenses. Counseling programs for abused spouses have flourished and are, in part, paid by tax dollars. I believe these cases are serious cases that should be prosecuted if based upon legitimate evidence. They certainly should. Although the judicial system is not designed to help break the cycle of women who are subject to repeated abuses from their mates, it can be useful in conjunction with counseling programs aimed at assisting abused women. However, too often have I seen cases brought against one party merely as leverage to obtain an advantage in a divorce, child custody matter, or, unfortunately, in anger when one mate or partner wants to dissolve the relationship.

Florida’s law now requires law enforcement officer’s make an arrest if the officer observes any signs of a struggle involving the complaining witness. Many times, it may even be the husband or male partner who calls law enforcement yet once the officer responds to the scene, the officer arrests the husband because the officer observes some evidence the wife or girlfriend has been in a struggle. There is definitely a bias I have observed where male police officers arrest the husband or boyfriend even if both parties show signs of being involved in a fight with one another. In one recent case I have, the officer who arrested the man, went to the woman’s home the next day and offered his assistance in replacing all her door locks. He went so far as to cut lumber and made sure ever glass sliding door in her house could not be opened. Many of the cases I have seen also involve one party trying to remove the other from the home, they struggle and police are called.

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3 responses to “Florida Legal Issues in Domestic Violence Cases”

  1. Steven Levi says:

    I am a victim of false accusations, I was arrested after the police officer filed a false report and yet the Broward county D.A. insist on moving forward

  2. Cindy says:

    I don’t know how you sleep at night. It takes a lot of courage and much abuse before a woman can come forward. Then she is slung through the mud. The easiest thing a woman can do is let it happen and heal until the next time. But then her child or children grow up the same. So should she endure more beatings and remove herself emotionally and let herself heal or go through the even more abuse she will receive after coming forward. I think you jerks trying to help people be free to abuse more should be ashamed to line your pockets in such a way.

  3. Cindy says:

    I don’t know how you sleep at night. It takes a lot of courage and much abuse before a woman can come forward. Then she is slung through the mud. The easiest thing a woman can do is let it happen and heal until the next time. But then her child or children grow up the same. So should she endure more beatings and remove herself emotionally and let herself heal or go through the even more abuse she will receive after coming forward. I think you jerks trying to help people be free to abuse more should be ashamed to line your pockets in such a way. I also sure this comment will never be seen. Why. You have to have be ashamed to some degree