About Domestic Offenses

About Domestic Offenses

To be placed in a domestic violence court, an incident of violence must occur between “family or household member.”  

Florida law defines “Family or household member” to mean 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. [I think this should be defined here only to keep from repeatedly mentioning it in every domestic category]


In many instances, despite the protestations of the alleged victim, the prosecutor’s office proceeds with prosecution.  Therefore, resolution between the parties does not mean the case is automatically dropped. 


Domestic cases involve a great deal of heated passion and volatile emotions. A conviction in a domestic case can have devastating effects, such as loss of liberty, deportation, reduced parental rights, and eviction. Mr. McLawrence started his career in the domestic violence courtrooms, and continues to take these cases to trial.


If you have been accused of a domestic offense, Contact Us.

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