What is Considered Domestic Violence?
In the state of Florida, domestic violence (Statute 741.28) is defined 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.
According to Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (aka: FCADV), “Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors, violence or threats of violence, that one person uses to establish power over an intimate partner in order to control that partner’s actions and activities.”
FCADV also goes on to explain, “Domestic violence is not a disagreement, a marital spat, or an anger management problem. Domestic violence is abusive, disrespectful, and hurtful behaviors that one intimate partner chooses to use against the other partner.”
What is Considered ‘Family or Household Members’?
Item (3) of Florida Statute 741.28 explains that the definition of ‘family or household members’ includes a spouse, former spouse, any person related by blood or marriage, a person who is presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and those who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family; and those who are parents of 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.
Arrested for Domestic Violence in Florida
Florida Statutes 741.2901 demands that domestic violence be treated as a criminal act. Before a defendant’s first court appearance in any type of domestic violence charge, the state attorney is required to perform a thorough investigation of the defendant’s history. This includes the suspect’s full criminal history. The defendant is held in custody until he is brought before the court for admittance to bail in accordance with chapter 903. When determining a bond amount (if eligible) the judge will take into serious consideration the safety of the victim(s).
Conditions of Pretrial Release for Domestic Criminal Charges
Florida’s conditions of pretrial release for domestic abuse demand the defendant abide by Florida Statutes 903.047 -Conditions of pretrial release.
Below are the requirements demanded to prevent forfeiting a bond for a domestic abuse allegation:
- Defendant is to refrain from criminal activity of any kind;
- If the court issues an order of no contact, defendant MUST have no contact of any type with the victim (effective immediately and enforced throughout the duration of pretrial release or until modified by the court). The phrase ‘No Contact’ includes communicating orally or in any written form of any type (i.e. no phone contact, no contact by email, text or through a third party person unless designated specifically by the courts);
- Defendant is to have No physical or violent contact with the victim or anyone else on the victim’s property;
- Defendant is not allowed within 500 ft of the victim’s residence (regardless if this is the same legal residence of defendant);
- Defendant is not allowed within 500 ft of the victim’s vehicle, place of work or any place regularly frequented by victim;
- Defendant MUST comply with all conditions of his pretrial release ordered by the court;
What to Look for in a Bondsman
When searching for a bail bonds agent to help with an inmate’s release, it’s important to make sure you are dealing with a reliable bondsman who is licensed, experienced and quick to respond. Being arrested for any type of criminal charge is almost always a traumatic process, and during that time you will surely appreciate a knowledgeable and hardworking agent.
One characteristic you will appreciate within your bondsman is the ability to effectively communicate how the bail bond process works. A second invaluable trait will be his effectiveness at getting someone released from jail quickly. And thirdly, the bail bond agency and their staff should all demonstrate compassion for their clients and family members
24/7 Bail Bond Agent for Domestic Charges
No matter what the domestic abuse charges are that you’ve been accused of, you will need to give yourself the time to get your life back on track. This will begin with getting bonded out of jail and working on mounting a great defense case. Bail Bonds Now has been serving the state of Florida with reliable bail bond services since 2012. All of our bail agents are licensed, experienced and understand that time is of the essence when it comes to pretrial release. Our online bail bond application allows you to apply for a bond and make a payment without leaving home.
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