Domestic Violence Laws in Florida

You may or may not be aware that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Quite a few states have enacted family law and criminal law statutes related to the prevention and prosecution of domestic violence incidents and we thought we would share some information on our state’s domestic violence laws.

There are many aspects of domestic violence laws, two of the main statutes under Florida’s crime laws are the following:

  • Florida Statute Sections 741.29 – “Domestic violence” means 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.
  • Florida Statute Sections 741.30 – “Family or household member” means 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.

If you or a loved one have dealt with or are currently experiencing a situation involving domestic violence, it is important to find a reliable, experienced attorney to help guide you through this process. At the Law Office of Joseph Cerino, we show your case the personal attention and sensitivity it deserves, we will fight for your fights.

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The law office of Joseph Cerino handles all matters of litigation, concentrating in family law including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, alimony, property division and domestic violence, as well as, criminal defense and appeals in Southwest Florida.

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